With Melendez out, Masvidal vs Healy now targeted for “Strikeforce: Champions” event | MMA News
With Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez out with an injury, #1 contender Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) will now face Jorge Masvidal (23-7 MMA, 5-1 SF) at the “Strikeforce: Champions” event set for January 12, 2013.
Â Healy, whoÂ earnedÂ his title shot with a unanimous-decision win over Mizuto Hirota at July’s “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” event, has now won 5 straight fights. Prior to the victory overÂ Hirota, Healy had earned submission wins overÂ Maximo Blanco and Caros Fodor.
Masvidal also fought on July’s “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” card, where he returned to his winning ways by defeating Justin Wilcox via decision. Prior to that bout, theÂ American Top Team product, Masvidal, hadÂ fought Gilbert MelendezÂ for the lightweightÂ title, he lost that contest via decision.
“Strikeforce: Champions” takes place on January 12, 2013Â at theÂ Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
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