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(Gilbert is just going through the motions until he gets to the Octagon.)
Zuffa announced today that tickets for its planned December 17 Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal event will go on sale next week, meaning Gilbert Melendez likely won’t be heading to the Octagon as planned until at least 2012 if all goes well.
It makes sense that they would have the San Francisco-based fighter headline the event, which will take place in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center, but the question is, who will UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar fight in the meantime? Since “El Nino” likely won’t be ready to go again until at least February, it’s unlikely that the UFC will keep “The Answer” on the shelf for five months.
The card will also include a women’s featherweight championship bout between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Hiroko Yamanaka, KJ Noons against a yet-to-be-named opponent, as well as the return of Gina Carano.
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal
December 17, 2011
Valley View Casino Center
San Diego, CA
Lightweight Championship Bout
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal
Women’s Featherweight Championship Bout
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Hiroko Yamanaka
Gina Carano vs. TBA
KJ Noons vs. TBA