Strikeforce lightweight Pat Healy has finally earned a crack at Gilbert Melendez’s divisional title after stringing together five consecutive wins. The bout will take place on September 29 in Sacramento and unfold on Showtime.
Strikeforce officials confirmed the clash earlier today as did Melendez who went on Twitter and wrote, “Game on!”
Healy only holds a career mark of 28-16 but spent a number of years facing all-comers including Paul Daley, Dan Hardy, and Carlos Condit (all of whom he beat). He was last seen outpointing Mizuto Hirota earlier this month at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy.
The 21-2 Melendez will be defending his belt for the fifth time with successful outings under his belt against Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Jorge Masvidal, and Josh Thomson.
No other bouts have been attached to the card though heavyweight Daniel Cormier is expected to see action at the show.
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