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Old 04-02-2009, 11:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Strikeforce Seeking Ishiida Out To Face Melendez



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Strikeforce has indeed contacted Mitsuhiro Ishida as a potential replacement for injured lightweight champ Josh Thomson. If Strikeforce is successful in procuring his services, Ishida would face former champ Gilber Melendez in a rematch of their 2007 bout which Ishida won by decision.

This is exciting news and could be a great matchup. Ishida beat Melendez on NYE 2007, handing the then-undefeated Melendez his first loss. Since that time Gilbert has gone 1-1. A loss to Ishida in a rematch would put him at 1-3 in the last two years and put the one time top ten lightweight in a career tailspin.

I'm presuming that Coker is desperate enough for an opponent for Melendez that he won't be trying to force exclusivity on Ishida. That's a good sign for the promotion as their ability to import top Japanese fighters like Ishida and Kazuo Misaki significantly deepens their talent pool.
http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2009/4/2/...king-mitsuhiro


Looks like Coker is busy trying to find a legitimate opponent for Melendez.

This is the rematch that I've been waiting to see. Even a better fight that the Thomson in my book.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If they could make this happen, it would be awesome. I would much rather see this fight, then to see a too-soon rematch with Thomson.
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