Gilbert Melendez (c) vs. Shinya Aoki
Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
Round 1: Melendez landed some body shots early. Melendez kept chasing Aoki around the cage, and Aoki accidentally caught him with a finger in the right eye, pausing the action. The fight resumed, and Melendez went for a takedown, but Aoki took Melendez’s arm and tried to secure an armbar. Melendez slipped out and both fighters got back to their feet. Melendez took the fight back to the ground and pressed Aoki against the cage and landed some hard punches before Aoki made it back to his feet. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 2: Melendez tags Aoki with a couple of jabs early on. Aoki tries to take the fight to the ground, but Melendez is able to land on top. Aoki tries to work on Melendez’s wrists, and Melendez breaks free and gets to his feet. Melendez presses Aoki against the cage and lands some shots before getting back to the center of the cage. Melendez lands a couple of more shots while Aoki lands a knee to the body. Aoki shoots and Melendez once again is able to get on top and deliver more punches. Melendez continues to drop punches on Aoki as the round comes to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 3: Slow round with Melendez chasing Aoki, who is circling the cage. Melendez jumps into guard, but isn’t able to do much and both men are eventually stood back to their feet. Aoki tries to shoot again, but falls to the mat and Melendez follows him, but again isn’t able to do much damage. Both fighters are stood up once again. Melendez is able to press Aoki against the cage and land some punches as the round comes to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 4: More of the same, as Melendez stuffs another takedown attempt from Aoki. Aoki shoots again, and Melendez lands on top. Both fighters end up back on their feet and Melendez tries to throw punches, but they don’t connect. Aoki tries to shoot again, but is stuffed. Melendez jumps on Aoki with a punch, and the referee calls for a standup. Melendez thought he won, but the bout is restarted. Melendez thwarts another takedown attempt and lands some leg kicks as the round ends. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.
Round 5: Aoki starts the round circling away from Melendez. Aoki goes to shoot but is met with a finger in the eye and the fight is paused. The fight is quickly resumed. Aoki tries to pull guard and ties up Melendez, but isn’t able to do much. Melendez is able to land some punches and then stands up and waves Aoki up. Aoki goes back to circling the cage. Melendez throws some punches that don’t connect. Melendez catches an illegal kick to the head and the fight is paused and then restarted. Melendez throws punches as the round comes to an end. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Melendez, for a final tally of 50-45 for Melendez.
Gilbert Melendez defeated Shinya Aoki via unanimous decision (all scores of 50-45).
Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson
Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Round 1: Up next.