Strikeforce Results: Melendez proves a point, crushes KawajiriPosted on April 9, 2011, 10:23 PM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez proved he's a Top 3 Lightweight in the world, absolutely destroying fellow Top 10 Lightweight Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri.
Year-long layoff didn't affect "El Nino" at all, as the Champ unleashed fury from the first seconds of the fight. Kawajiri was seriously hurt, and was visibly out of the fight, but the Japanese veteran showed a huge warrior spirit and managed to get back on his feet.
Still, Melendez was just one step ahead of Kawajiri. Melendez continued to display his superior wrestling skills, as Kawajiri went with his face down to the canvas. Melendez unleashed quick punches from the top, then improving to a full mount position. While in mount, Gilbert Melendez landed powerful elbows (or hellbows), as the referee Cecil Peoples (yes, Cecil Peoples) was forced to stop the action.
In his post-fight interview, Melendez declared he's the #1 Lightweight in the World, adding that he wants to unify titles by facing the UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar. Melendez now finds himself in a long queue for a shot at Frankie Edgar, with at least three more fighters waiting for a conclusion of a trilogy between Edgar and Maynard.
Melendez is now 19-2 in his MMA career.