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Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez during a photo shoot to promote

Gilbert Melendez during a photo shoot to promote his Strikeforce lightweight title defense against Josh Thomson on May 19, 2012, in San Jose, Calif. Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez is the Strikeforce lightweight champion and considered of the best 155-pounders in all of MMA.

Gilbert Melendez during a photo shoot to promote
Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez during a photo shoot to promote his Strikeforce lightweight title defense against Josh Thomson on May 19, 2012, in San Jose, Calif.

Gilbert Melendez, left, and Josh Thomson in a
Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez, left, and Josh Thomson in a staredown during a photo shoot to promote their Strikeforce lightweight title fight on May 19, 2012, in San Jose, Calif.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the
Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the days leading up to his title defense against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9, 2011.

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the
Photo Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the days leading up to his title defense against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9, 2011.

Gilbert Melendez, left, thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to
Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez, left, thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain his lightweight title at Strikeforce Nashville. Melendez won a 50-45 unanimous decision. (April 17, 2010)

Gilbert Melendez is prepped for his lightweight title
Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez is prepped for his lightweight title fight against Shinya Aoki at Strikeforce Nashville. Melendez won a 50-45 unanimous decision. (April 17, 2010)

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain
Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain his lightweight title at Strikeforce Nashville. Melendez won a 50-45 unanimous decision. (April 17, 2010)

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain
Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain his lightweight title at Strikeforce Nashville. Melendez won a 50-45 unanimous decision. (April 17, 2010)

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain
Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain his lightweight title at Strikeforce Nashville. Melendez won a 50-45 unanimous decision. (April 17, 2010)

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain
Photo Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

Gilbert Melendez thoroughly dominated Shinya Aoki to retain his lightweight title at Strikeforce Nashville. Melendez won a 50-45 unanimous decision. (April 17, 2010)

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