Gilbert Melendez fights Jorge Masvidal for the Strikeforce Lightweight Title Saturday night on Showtime at 10 PM. Photo Courtesy of mmasucka

Strikeforce: Melendez Vs. Masvidal Coverage

'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal' takes place December 17th at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.

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Strikeforce: Melendez Vs. Masvidal Results: Melendez Dominates Masvidal To Retain Title

On Saturday night Gilbert Melendez proved once again that he is among the best in the business. Melendez dominated challenger Jorge Masvidal over five rounds to cruise to a unanimous decision victory. Melendez lost only one round on the three judges' scorecards. 

Melendez was the more aggressive fighter over the course of the fight and landed the more effective striking combinations. Masvidal countered with some solid jabs but Melendez was never in trouble during the fight. It was Melendez's third straight defense of his Strikeforce Lightweight Title. 

It did not take Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos nearly as long as long to defend her Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Title. Santos knocked out Hiroko Yamanaka in 16 seconds to retain her belt.

Santos, who was fighting her first fight in 18 months, showed no ring rust as she dropped Yamanaka with a straight right hand in the opening seconds of the fight and preceded to follow her to the mat. After Santos let Yamanaka back up to her feet, Santos dropped her again forcing the stoppage. 

Santos has now won 11 fights in a row and is 5-0 in Strikeforce, she has finished every single one of her Strikeforce victories. 

Full "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal" results listed below:

 

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Strikeforce: Melendez Vs. Masvidal Weigh-In Results, Melendez (155), Masvidal (155) On Weight

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez (20-2) was on weight in advance of his title defense this Saturday night. Melendez takes on Jorge Masvidal (22-6) in the main event of Strikeforce's final event of 2011. Both fighters weighed-in at 155-pounds. 

Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1) and Hiroko Yamanaka (12-1) both successfully made weight for their women's featherweight title bout. Both Santos and Yamanaka weighed-in at 145-pounds. Santos will be making the third defense of her Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Title and Yamanaka is making her Strikeforce debut after fighting her first 13 fights in Japan. 

All main-card fighters were on weight. One fighter did not make weight, and he did not even come close. Jerron Peoples weighed-in at 180.5 pounds, 10.5 pounds over the 170-pound welterweight limit. Before the weigh-in he got Roger Bowling to agree to a 179-pound catchweight fight, but he did not even make that. Peoples will most likely be fined for not making weight. 

Full weigh-in results below:

Main Card (Showtime 10:30 PM): 

Lightweight Title: Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155)

Women's Featherweight Title: Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (145) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145)

Light Heavyweight: Gegard Mousasi (206) vs. Ovince St. Preux (206)

Lightweight: KJ Noons (156) vs. Billy Evangelista (156)

Preliminary Card: 

Catchweight (179-pounds): Jerron Peoples (180.5) vs. Roger Bowling (170)

Lightweight: Caros Fodor (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (156)

Heavyweight: Devin Cole (248) vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones (265)

Middleweight: Fernando Gonzalez (186) vs. Eddie Mendez (186)

Welterweight: Chris Brown (170) vs. Herman Terrado (170.5)

Full coverage of Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal on MMA Nation

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Strikeforce: Gilbert Melendez Takes On Jorge Masvidal For Lightweight Title

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez faces Jorge Masvidal this Saturday night on Showtime. Melendez is considered the best lightweight not in the UFC, and has been lightweight champion since 2009 in Strikeforce.

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