All of this according to MMA Weekly:
Gilbert Melendez, currently ranked No. 6 in the world at lightweight, will defend his Strikeforce lightweight championship on March 29 against Chute Boxe jiu-jitsu coach Cristiano Marcello.
And Melendez comments on rumors of him fighting for DREAM on March 15th:
“This month, on March 29, I will be doing the EliteXC/Strikeforce show on Showtime,” he stated. “I’ve got a commitment with Strikeforce, and I look forward to fighting in the States and getting some respect out here.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to fight in the Dream tournament. I love fighting in Japan, but right now I have a commitment with Strikeforce. I’m looking to just put my focus on Strikeforce; I’ve got a contract there and want to fulfill it.”
While I would have loved to have seen Melendez competing in the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix, we should have known it was too good to be true. Japanese promotions are notorious for announcing fighters on cards who have never been confirmed. At least Strikeforce was able to find an opponent for him for the March 29th event after Josh Thomson and Jorge Masvidal pulled out of the fight due to injuries.