Gilbert Melendez Confirms Fight on New Year’s Eve at Yarennoka!

Written by Tim Ngo
December 2nd, 2007

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez

5thRound.com was able to confirm undefeated lightweight superstar Gilbert Melendez’s next fight will take place at the M-1 Global supported event Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve.

Melendez (13-0-0) confirmed yesterday on TAGG Radio that he will be fighting against Mitsuhiro Ishida (14-3-1).

“Yeah, I’ll be there. My management takes care of all that stuff,” Melendez responded.

We also spoke to Melendez about his hand injury, he told us it’s healing up fine and he’ll be ready to go on New Year’s Eve.

“El Niño” is coming off of a victory over Tetsuji Kato at a Strikeforce event in September, while Ishida is returning from a loss which took place at last year’s PRIDE New Year’s Eve event against Takanori Gomi.

Make sure to check back with 5thRound.com for an update on our exclusive interview with Gilbert Melendez.

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