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Coker Wants to Match Melendez Against Kawajiri

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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker wants lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez to defend his title next against Tatsuya Kawajiri.

“We’re definitely having that conversation,” Coker said Wednesday on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I’m going to try to work that out and get Kawajiri in there with Gilbert. I think that that’s a fight we’re interested in.”

Melendez outpointed Kawajiri in a December 2006 encounter in Pride. The Japanese fighter has lost just twice since, and last week he earned a unanimous decision over former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson.


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Post #1   1/9/11 1:17:41PM   

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Yeah I'd rather see that match up, than Melendez/Thomson 3.

Post #2   1/9/11 1:24:38PM   

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Looks like the safer pick for Melendez to fight. I don't see why they can't get the fight together for Melendez vs Alvarez if Strikeforce are willing to co promote with pretty much everyone else!?

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or Eddie Alvarez would do

rather see this fight than rematches for now

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this is a fight I want to see, but I would much rather see Alvarez vs Melendez but I think Coker is protecting Melendez from that fight.

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Strikeforce needs to start bringing up their up and commers from their
Strikeforce challenger series or have kj noons fight him
Jz thomson and aoki. Strikeforce needs to sign more talent

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Posted by Bloodhound

this is a fight I want to see, but I would much rather see Alvarez vs Melendez but I think Coker is protecting Melendez from that fight.



I agree, I read this thread as "Coker Wants NOTHING To Do With Melendez Against Alvarez"

Post #7   1/9/11 5:41:07PM   

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I'd like them to do another tourney like they are doing with the HW div and include GZ, Aoki, Melendez, Thomson, Alvarez, Kawajiri....and some others....like maybe Hellboy.

Post #8   1/10/11 11:17:52PM