Report: Rodrigo Damm to face Gilbert Melendez on April 11 Strikeforce

Despite previous reports that Lyle Beerbohm could be a possibility to replace Josh Thomson in a bout against Gilbert Melendez at the upcoming April 11th Strkeforce event, it seems as if Rodrigo Damm has recently been chosen as the late replacement for the former Strikeforce lightweight champion.

The news comes according to a report by Ariel Shnerer of The Fight Network.

Damm, a submission specialist fighting out of Brazil, has compiled an impressive record of 8-2 during the course of his fighting career, notching wins against dangerous fighters such as Jorge Masvidal and Kultar Gill along the way. Damm’s most recent outing was a losing effort by rear naked choke in the first round to Eiji Mitsuoka.

The last minute fight with Melendez will mark Damm’s first return to action in over seven months, and will also mark his Strikeforce debut.

The April 11 match up with Damm will be Melendez first return to action since losing his Strikeforce lightweight championship to Josh Thomson in June of 2008. The highly respected Cesar Gracie trained fighter has compiled wins against fighters such as Rumina Sato and Clay Guida during the course of his career.

While undoubtedly disappointed that he will have to wait for his bid to regain the Strikeforce title, Melendez is sure to be happy that he will be able to return to the cage after ten months away from the sport.

Damm will definitely have the chips stacked against him as he looks to upset the former champion on less than one weeks notice while Melendez has been training for a shot at the championship for the last few months.

The event is scheduled to be headlined by a catch weight bout between Frank Shamrock and Nick Diaz, and will take place at the HP Pavilion in Sana Jose, California.

A full list of the expected bouts are listed below

Frank Shamrock vs. Nick Diaz
Gilbert Melendez vs. Rodrigo Damm
Cristiane Santos vs. Hitomi Akano
Benji Radachvs. Scott Smith
Brett Rogers vs. Ron Humphrey
Luke Rockholdvs. Buck Meredith
Eric Lawson vs. Waylon Kennell
Raul Castillo vs. Brandon Michaels
Zak Bucia vs. James Terry
Jeremy Tavares vs. Shingo Kohara

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