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Report: Melendez-Damm For Strikeforce Interim Title

Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez

The winner of Saturday’s Strikeforce “Shamrock vs. Diaz” co-headliner between Gilbert Melendez (14-2) and late-replacement Rodrigo Damm (8-2) will be crowned the promotion’s interim lightweight champion, according to MMA Madness.

The event takes place on April 11th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose and airs live on Showtime.

Current Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (16-2) was forced out of the scheduled matchup with Melendez last week after suffering a broken leg. A winner of eight-straight bouts, Thomson won the title from Melendez in June 2008 by unanimous decision, but has not yet defended the championship. His only fight since claiming the belt was a first-round TKO of Ashe Bowman in September in a non-title matchup.

Saturday’s bout will mark Melendez’s first contest since relinquishing the title to Thomson last year.

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