Gilbert Melendez has been targeted for the upcoming Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier show for several weeks now. And, it seems as if “El Nino” has his opponent, as MMAJunkie.com is confirming Melendez will face Josh Thomson for the Strikeforce lightweight title.
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier is set for May 19 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The main card, which will be highlighted by Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier in the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, will be televised by Showtime.
Melendez (22-2) and Thomson (19-4) have split their two previous meetings. Thomson claimed the Strikeforce 155-pound title back in 2008, while Melendez took it back over a year later.
According to the same report, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Mike Kyle will also meet on the card in the light heavyweight division. That match, however, is not expected to be for the vacant Strikeforce title.