Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki could be third title fight on April 17 Strikeforce-CBS card

With Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields meeting Dan Henderson in the headliner and light heavyweight title-holder Gegard Mousasi expected to meet Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal on the same card, Strikeforce’s April 17 return to CBS airwaves is likely to have a third title fight.

That’s if a lightweight fight between Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez (17-2 MMA, 7-1 SF) and Shinya Aoki (23-4 MMA, 0-0 SF), first reported by SI.com’s Josh Gross, is finalized for the card.

Although subsequent reports have suggested the fight is signed, sources close to Melendez’s camp told MMAjunkie.com on Tuesday night they have not received bout agreements but plan to accept the matchup.


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