At this past weekend’s UFC 136 event Dana White still couldn’t give a definitive answer on whether Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez would be making the switch to the UFC, but it appears there may have been some progress made since then as the promotion now claim that we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
“Big announcement coming soon on the immediate future of LW champ @GilbertMelendez! Stay tuned for details,” a message states on Strikeforce’s official Twitter page today.
White has already made it clear that he sees Melendez as the best opponent to challenge current UFC lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar, and Edgar himself indicated at the weekend that he too believes that ‘El Nino’ would be the biggest fight he could take right now.
That would indicate that this announcement is set to be about the 29 year-old finally making the transition to the sports biggest stage, but it could also just be a confirmation that his expected Strikeforce title fight with Jorge Masvidal in December is still set to go ahead as originally planned.
Meanwhile the Strikeforce organization’s future as a whole still hangs in the balance. White had indicated that a decision was expected to be made on it’s future last Wednesday after UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta met with Showtime execs in New York, but following UFC 136 he appeared iritated as he revealed that a decision had been postponed until this week.
Showtime have the option to keep airing Strikeforce for a further year, but the question is whether they would really want to now that the UFC have begun stripping them of their biggest stars, with Melendez potentially being the latest in a number of champions who’ve crossed over in the space of just a few months.