Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley | Melendez Knocks Out Kawajiri To Retain Lightweight TitleCategory: MMA
MATCHUP: Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez vs Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri
EVENT: Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley
DATE: April 9, 2011
VENUE: Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, USA
FIGHT DETAILS: Gilbert Melendez defends his Strikeforce Lightweight Championship title against Tatsuya Kawajiri.
American Melendez (18 wins – 2 losses, 10 KOs / 1 submission) is the current Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and is ranked by both Sherdog and MMAWeekly.com as the #2 best lightweight in the world. In his last fight at Strikeforce: Nashville last April 17, 2010, he won via Unanimous Decision against Shinya Aoki.
Japanese Kawajiri (27 wins – 6 losses – 2 draws, 11 KOs / 6 submissions) is ranked as the number 8 lightweight fighter in the world by Sherdog and the number 7 lightweight fighter in the world by MMAWeekly.
FIGHT RESULT: Melendez defeated Kawajiri via TKO (strikes) at 3:14 of round 1 to retain the Strikeforce lightweight championsip.
Watch the Gilbert Melendez vs Tatsuya Kawajiri fight video below: