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Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki set for Strikeforce title on April 17

A fight for the Strikeforce lightweight championship is expected to take place between Gilbert Melendez and DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in April.

The news of the anticipated match-up was first reported by Josh Gross from

Apparently the bout will be only for the Strikeforce portion of the title, while Aoki’s DREAM portion would be safe and sound.

The pair of champions are expected to clash on April 17 during a Struikeforce card likely for the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Melendez will be making the first defense of the crown he unified with a December “5 Oz. Fight of the Year” victory over Josh Thomson, while Aoki was last seen snapping Mizuto Hirota’s arm in two and giving him the middle finger during “Dynamite!! 2009″ on New Years Eve .

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