Gilbert Melendez’s run at the UFC lightweight title will have to wait. Instead of following Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and Nick Diaz over to the UFC this winter, Strikeforce announced today that he and Jorge Masvidal will headline their upcoming December card in San Diego.

Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Masvidal” is scheduled to take place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California on Saturday, Dec. 17, and will air on Showtime at 10pm ET.

Melendez will put his Strikeforce lightweight title up for grabs against Masvidal in the main event. Other match-ups official for the card include Cris Cyborg vs. Hiroko Yamanaka and Gegard Mousasi vs. Ovince St. Preux. KJ Noons is also expected to compete on the card. Gina Carano was believed to make her long awaited return on the card, but she was not included in the announcement. Neither was Keith Jardine who is expected to make his middleweight debut.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10am PT and will be priced at $175, $125, $75 and $45. They can be purchased at the Valley View Casino Center box office, online at and Ticket Master, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

The latest Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Masvidal” fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

Update: KJ Noons is now expected to fight Billy Evangelista on the card.