Strikeforce announced today that they have re-signed two-time Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (18-2) to a new, multi-year agreement.
“Strikeforce is my home, they’ve always been like family to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my career with them,” said Melendez. “There are a lot of great fights out there for me – lots of challenges. I can’t wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I’m still at the top of my game.’’
Melendez last fought on April 17, 2010, retaining his title with a dominant, lopsided five-round decision over Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki. The impressive, one-sided triumph over the highly regarded Aoki came in Melendez’ first title defense since he regained the Strikeforce crown with a hard-earned, hard-fought unanimous five-round decision over the fighter that had dethroned him, Josh Thomson, in December of 2009.
“I’m healthy again and excited about fighting again real soon,” Melendez said. “It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just want to get back in there and rip.”