Melendez is been wanting to fight Aoki ever since he regained his title back in December.
“All of a sudden this year, I avenged both my losses. I cleaned my slate. I beat Rodrigo Damm, a tough guy, I’m the champ again, and now they’re talking about me fighting the No. 2 guy in the world.” Melendez stated. “One win away from being top five in the world again.”
Melendez recently beat the only two fighters that have beaten him, Thomson and Ishida, and also, has beaten other high caliber fighter like Kawajiri, Guida and Damm. Melendez will try to continue his three fight win streak when he faces Aoki in April.
While, Aoki is considered one of the best grapplers in MMA at the moment and is currently riding a three fight win streak and throughout his career he has beaten fighters such as; Hansen, Alvarez, Calvancante and Riberio. During his most recent fight, Aoki broke his opponent’s arm and then flipped his opponent and the crowd off. Aoki will also, try to continue his three fight win streak when he faces Melendez in April. The winner of this fight will become the undisputed Lightweight Champion of both Dream and Strikeforce.
Other match-ups scheduled on Strikeforce:CBS are Mousasi vs King Mo and Henderson vs Shields