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Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez rematch expected for April 11 Strikeforce event

With plans to secure separate opponents for Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson and the promotion’s former 155 pound king Gilbert Melendez apparently having following through, sources have informed that Strikeforce officials could be set to announce in the coming days that the two will rematch each other on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

A source close to the bout informed us of the news earlier today but voice mail and text messages left for Strikeforce officials requesting comment about the matchup were not immediately returned.

Strikeforce Founder and CEO Scott Coker has stated publicly that he wanted to sign a fight between Thomson and former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons. However, the match was never finalized as Noons turned down the opportunity to fight for the title in order to focus on his boxing career.

There had been some speculation that Melendez could square off against former UFC lightweight Jorge Gurgel but there is no word why that matchup never became official.

Thomson and Melendez previously fought this past June with then-champion Melendez losing his title after Thomson recorded a five-round unanimous decision victory.

Thomson, 16-2, last fought in September during a Strikeforce event at the Playboy Mansion. Facing Ashe Bowman in a non-title encounter, Thomson won following a TKO just 1:14 into the fight.

Melendez, 14-2, has not competed since June and has sustained two losses in his last three fights. Prior to that, the former PRIDE Bushido star had won his first 13 fights and was once a top ten ranked lightweight in every major rankings poll.

Strikeforce’s April 11 event will be televised on Showtime and will feature former Strikeforce middleweight champion Frank Shamrock taking on Nick Diaz at a bout to be contested as a catchweight of 179 pounds. Other officially announced matchups include former EliteXC welterweight champion Jake Shields vs. Joe Riggs and a middleweight matchup between Benji Radach and Scott Smith.

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