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Completed MMA Bout

Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri II

Co-Main Event | Strikeforce Lightweight Championship | 155 lbs

Gilbert Melendez defeats Tatsuya Kawajiri via KO/TKO at 3:14 of Round 1

Mmaweekly large Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez
Mmaweekly large Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri

Round 1

Gilbert Melendez Tatsuya Kawajiri

"El Nino" "Crusher"

18-2-0   Pro Record At Fight   27-6-2
Climbed to 19-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 27-7
-310 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +250 (Moderate Underdog)
Champion   Title   Challenger
Us United States   Nationality   Jp Japan
San Francisco, California   Fighting out of   Inashiki, Japan
28 years, 11 months   Age at Fight   32 years, 11 months, 1 day
154.8 lbs (70.2 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   154.3 lbs (70.0 kgs)
5'9" (176cm)   Height   5'7" (171cm)
73.0" (185cm)   Reach   69.0" (175cm)
Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu   Gym   T-BLOOD
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley
  • Date: Saturday 04.09.2011 at 10:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Cecil Peoples
  • Venue: Valley View Casino Center
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • Location: San Diego, California, United States
  • Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 9 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 155 lbs (70.3 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Gus Johnson, Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Gus Johnson
  • Melendez Total Disclosed Pay: $150,000
  • Kawajiri Total Disclosed Pay: $97,613
  • Title on Line: Strikeforce Lightweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Melendez
  • Event Links:

Melendez vs. Kawajiri II Wiki Update Wiki

The Strikeforce World Lightweight Title was on the line when Tatsuya Kawajiri challenged Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez in Showtime's co-main event.

Melendez drops Kawajiri immediately out of the gate with a big right hand, but Kawajiri recovers. Both men are throwing hard. Melendez lands again, dropping a dazed Kawajiri and seizing his back. The experienced Japapnese fighter is using the time to recover, however. Kawajiri struggles to his feet but is getting overwhelmed in the early going. Melendez is smothering, and Kawajiri can't get his bearings. Finally they separate at the midway point of round one. Kawajiri is still there, but looks wobbled. The men exchange heavy strikes, and Kawajiri looks to shoot. Melendez stuffs it, spins to top control, and blasts on Kawajiri with shots. Kawajiri is losing his bearings again. Monster elbows rain down flush from Melendez and referee Cecil Peoples calls it off. A dominant title defense from Gilbert Melendez, who held nothing back.

Following the bout, a charged up Melendez calls for unification of the Strikeforce and UFC belts as the crowd cheers deliriously.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:46 PM ET
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Melendez vs. Kawajiri II Fight Predictions

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Videos & Highlights

    Interview  |  Gilbert Melendez Pre-Fight Interview Video report dead link

    Gilbert Melendez walks and talks about his upcoming fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri, how he believes Kawajiri will need to look for the takedown in their fight, and that he feels he is better in all aspects of MMA.

Melendez vs. Kawajiri II Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

RT @KNOXXlifestyle: Check this video out -- Jordan Felix, of Gilbert Melendez's Skrap Pack http://t.co/4YDooqT via @youtube @gilbertmelendez
4 days
@Gesias @SantiagoMMA great guy , like you. Good to hear from you, hope to see u fight soon
4 days
Just got done shooting inside mma with some of the best in the biz http://yfrog.com/h3vkguaj
4 days
Check out @jakeshieldsajj on ufc primetime this wed at midnight eastern time
3 days
Thank u all for my b day love! I have the greatest friends and best fans
3 days
RT @MMAjunkie: Photos: Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez's first pitch at Padres-Reds game http://bit.ly/f2Der9
3 days
@Court_McGee thanks court
1 day
Thank you all for the love and support! Great weekend for the team
1 day
1 day
Thanks to all my fans family and friends! Let's unify some titles, shall we @UFC @Strikeforce
8 hours
Afterpart at fleetwood in San Diego!! Come thru
7 hours
Time to cut http://yfrog.com/h8q1pdij
1 day
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