Melendez vs. Kawajiri title fight expected for April 9 Strikeforce event


Although the second part of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix’s opening round likely will be delayed until June, some other participants are being slotted for the organization’s April show.

A lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez (18-2 MMA, 8-1 SF) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-6-2 MMA, 0-0 SF) is expected to be a featured bout at the April 9 event. ( confirmed the title fight with sources close to the event.

According to’s Josh Gross, the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix likely will conclude on June 18 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, not on April 9 as first planned. No host city or venue have been finalized for the April show, though sources told Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., is a leading candidate.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has declined to comment on the event particulars, most notably the status of the of the tournament and the Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum vs. Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers opening-round matchups.


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