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Report: Gilbert Melendez Injured, Out Of Strikeforce Title Fight In January

Cesar Gracie, the trainer for Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, has confirmed news of “El Nino’s” exit from a planned January title fight with Pat Healy at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy.

UFC president Dana White made mention of an injury to Melendez during a fan chat on Montreal Gazette, and Gracie confirmed the news through Tatame.

“We will focus on his recovery,” Gracie said. “With the end of the show, he should migrate to the UFC.”

Strikeforce’s January card is slated to be the final for the promotion, according to reports. Melendez, as one of the top lightweights in the world, will likely sign with the UFC.

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