Gilbert Melendez will not fight Shinya Aoki at Dynamite!! 2010Posted on November 25, 2010, 06:46 AM by Anton Gurevich
One of the major stumbling blocks is that Melendez's contract with Strikeforce is coming to an end, and while he does have a championship clause, which allows the organization to continue booking fights for him as long as he champion, it proved difficult to get him to fight in an another promotion without a finalized long-term deal.
According to Kogan, FEG will look to keep Aoki on the card against another opponent.
MMAFighting.com reports that Gilbert Melendez will not fight Shinya Aoki at the traditional New Years Eve show, promoted by FEG. Melendez defeated Aoki at Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17th, in what seems like his only fight in 2010. Strikeforce were unable to find another opponent for "El Nino", as the negotiations to promote a fight against Eddie Alvarez collapsed due to a dispute between Bjorn Rebney and Scott Coker. As for Aoki, he could face the DEEP Lightweight Champ Katsunori Kikuno, who already expressed his desire to fight the "Baka Survivor".