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“Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” Main Bouts Set

Written by Tom Ngo
October 13th, 2011
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Now that tickets for “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” have officially gone on sale, the UFC’s little brother has announced the contestants that will be competing in the card’s main bouts.

The December 17th show takes place inside the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. Because two championship affairs will appear in the Showtime broadcast, only four fights will air live (at least for those with access to an east coast feed).

Women’s middleweight champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos finally ends her extended hiatus to defend her crown against Hiroko Yamanaka in the night’s co-featured contest.

Lightweight title holder Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) will meet Jorge Masvidal in the main event.

Of interesting note, Gina Carano had been rumored to make her much-anticipated return to MMA in the show. Unfortunately for fight fans, it appears her comeback will come another day as the “Haywire” star was not mentioned in Strikeforce’s announcement.

It’s highly unlikely the female face of MMA would compete in the undercard.

The Showtime broadcast will begin at 10PM ET/PT.

Here are the athletes expected to appear in So Cal:

Preliminary Bouts:

Keith Jardine vs. TBD

Main Bouts:

K.J. Noons vs. Billy Evangelista

Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St. Preux

Hiroko Yamanaka vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce Women’s Middleweight Champion)

Jorge Masvidal vs Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce Lightweight Champion)

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