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Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Preview

The last Strikeforce event of 2011 is this weekend in San Diego, California for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal. This year has been both good and bad for Strikeforce, depending on your outlook of the promotions sale to ZUFFA back in March.

While many of the Strikeforce champions have moved over to the ZUFFA owned UFC, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is still with Strikeforce….. For now! Melendez is headlining the event, defending his title for the fourth time overall against the hard-hitting Jorge Masvidal.

Fight week kicks off for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal starting on Thursday, continuing on through the event. Below you’ll find the list of events, along with times and location.

Thursday (12/15):

Press Conference – Seau’s the Restaurant in San Diego, California at 1pm PT

  • Open to fans and media
  • Scheduled to attend are Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez,Jorge Masvidal, Strikeforce female champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, Hiroko Yamanaka, as well as main-card contestants Gegard Mousasi, Ovince St. Preux, K.J. Noons and Billy Evangelista, as well as Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker

Friday (12/16):

Weigh-ins – Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California at 4pm PT

  • Free and open to the public

Saturday (12/17):

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal – Live from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California

  • Main Card airs live on Showtime at 7pm PT

The complete lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Showtime)

155 lbs.: Champion Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal

145 lbs.: Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka

205 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St. Preux

155 lbs.: Billy Evangelista vs. K.J. Noons


170 lbs.: Roger Bowling vs. Jerron Peoples

155 lbs.: Caros Fodor vs. Justin Wilcox

265 lbs.: Devin Cole vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones

Fernando Gonzalez vs. Eddie Mendez

170 lbs.: Herman Terrado vs. Chris Brown

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