Hopefully the third time will be a charm in regards to bringing fellow Strikeforce lightweight champions Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez together for their highly anticipated, and twice previously announced rematch.
The two will face off during “Strikeforce: Evolution” on December 19 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The news of the bout was confirmed in a midnight bulletin over at GracieFighter.com early Monday morning.
Thomson was forced to the sidelines in both of the pair’s previously scheduled rematch bouts due to ankle and leg injuries. The December showdown with Melendez will mark The Punk’s first return to action since he TKO’d Ashe Bowman at the Playboy Mansion in September of 2008.
Melendez has seen action twice since the decision defeat at the hands of Thomson in July of 2008, knocking out Rodrigo Damm in April of this year, and avenging a former loss while battering Mitsuhiro Ishida in August.
A full list of the bouts expected for “Strikeforce: Evolution” are listed below:
Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Matt Lindland
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Mike Whitehead
Robbie Lawler vs. TBA
Scott Lighty vs. Antwain Brit