Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will not have to undergo any type of surgery, according to his father.

Gilbert Melendez, Sr., the manager for “El Nino,” told that his son will only require rehab for a tear of his AC joint.

As for a possible return in January for a talked-about Strikeforce super-show, that remains in doubt.

There’s no definite yes. It all depends if his body is healing on time as we anticipate. We’ll know (more) in mid-November.

Melendez (21-2) was expected to face Pat Healy earlier this year, but was forced out with the injury suffered in training. Showtime declined televising the card after he pulled out, and subsequently cancelled a November event as well.

The fighter, according to his father, is receiving treatment from the current chief of orthopedic surgery for the Oakland Raiders and a team physician for the Golden State Warriors.

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