Mitsuhiro Ishida Accuses Gilbert Melendez of Greasing

Written by Tom Ngo
August 18th, 2009

One of the keys to Gilbert Melendez’ victory this past weekend over Mitsuhiro Ishida at “Strikeforce” Carano vs. Cyborg” was the fact that Ishida was unable to take the interim champ to the mat. If you ask Ishida, Melendez may have had some assistance with his elusive ways as he’s accusing “El Nino” of illegally greasing-up for their re-match.

F4wonline.com is reporting that Ishida has filed a protest with the California State Athletic Commission for them to investigate the matter. Ishida and his camp must now follow that up with a written complaint to the CSAC.

Ishida, who was a last-minute replacement for injured champ Josh Thomson, suffered a disappointing 3rdRound TKO loss to Melendez this past Saturday.

The Japanese sensation was able to hand Melendez the first loss of his career back in 2007 when he out-wrestled him to a controversial decision.

During that contest, Ishida was able to take Melendez down at-will, roughly six times within the first 10 minutes of their contest. Although he didn’t inflict ridiculous damage, he easily controlled the fight.

This time around, Melendez was able to fend of Ishida’s relentless attack, keeping the fight exactly where it needed to be in order for him to take the W. Whether Ishida had hold of a single-leg or a double, “El Nino” always managed to slip free, no pun intended.

As of publication, neither Strikeforce, Melendez’ camp nor the CSAC had issued public statements responding to Ishida’s complaint.

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