In a recent twitter posting from Cesar Gracie, it was confirmed that Gilbert Melendez is expecting a spot on the Strikeforce May 19 card set to go down in San Jose.
Well if they have it their way it will be either BJ Penn or Anthony Pettis. However, it is safe to assume that BJ, who is still in his post-UFC 137 retirement, will more than likely not be returning to action this May, if at all, nor would a title fight in Strikeforce interest him even if the stars did align.
But Pettis? Perhaps after being passed up on in favor of Edgar vs. Henderson II, he may be willing to make the promotional jump for a shot at Gilbert.
One would think that this would be a very hard sale on the UFC matchmaking department. Leave the UFC, go fight for Strikeforce in a title shot? That just doesn’t make much sense from a business stand point for any fighter currently in the 155 pound “Mix”. But regardless, Gil needs a challenger and if the powers that be are determined to bring one of the UFC contenders over I guess they can probably make that happen.