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Jorge Masvidal tabbed to take on Pat Healy at Strikeforce event in January

When Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez pulled out of a January 12 bout with Pat Healy due to injury, questions began springing up regarding whether the organization planned to find a replacement for “El Nino” or would instead look at cancelling the card as they did in September under similar circumstances. Fortunately, it appears Strikeforce is going with the first option.

Though not officially announced, MMAJunkie is reporting that Jorge Masvidal will slide into the vacancy created by Melendez’s withdrawal, citing “sources close to the event”. It is unknown where the bout will be placed on the show’s lineup though it seems likely to make the main broadcast.

The 23-7 Masvidal has won three of his last four fights including victories over Justin Wilcox and K.J. Noons. He has also notched past success against the likes of Billy Evangelista, Yves Edwards, and Joe Lauzon.

Healy (28-16) has come out with his hand raised in five straight fights. He was last seen outpointing Mizuto Hirota in July.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    It’s not the matchup Healy was hoping for, but at least it’s looking like he might actually get a fight/paycheck in January. Fingers crossed.

    As for Gil, he fought once in 2012 (an uninspiring split decision victory) and who knows when he’ll eventually fight again in 2013. I have a feeling his UFC debut will be about as (un)spectacular as fellow teammate Jake Shields.

  • sdouglasmc says:

    Might not be for a title but this will be a pretty decent fight to watch. Props to both these guys.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “I have a feeling his UFC debut will be about as (un)spectacular as fellow teammate Jake Shields.”

    I couldn’t agree more… I think he will be humbled once stepping into the upper crust of the UFC LW division.


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