On Wednesday afternoon, it was announced Strikeforce lightweight king Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) will defend his crown against Pat Healy inside Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. The 155-pound title tilt headlines the September 29th show.
“There’s no doubt that Gilbert Melendez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but he’s facing a tough test when he defends the STRIKEFORCE lightweight title against Pat Healy in Sacramento,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “Pat has been around the sport a long time and has put together an impressive winning streak. This is the biggest fight of his life and he doesn’t want to waste this opportunity.”
Melendez owns an impressive 21-2 professional record and has rattled off seven consecutive victories. The 30-year-old is considered by most pundits as the planet’s top lightweight not competing in the UFC.
Healy punched his top contender ticket by beating DEEP champion Mizuto Hirota earlier this month. The unanimous decision win marked “Bam Bam’s” fifth consecutive victory.
The card’s co-main event will feature freshly-minted Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champ Daniel Cormier. The wrestler-turned-striker’s opponent will be announced in the coming days.
Fans will be getting a double-dose of Zuffa action that night. “UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs. Miocic” will be popping off from across the pond in Nottingham, England that same evening.