Melendez likely to receive immediate title shot

Friday, December 28, 2012

“(Melendez will) probably come right in and get a title shot,” White said. “Again, we’ll see.”

White expressed his disappointment for how many Strikeforce fighters’ past year has been. The promotion had to cancel a pair of fall events, and if fighters on the roster aren’t booked for the final show in January on Showtime, their fates may have been up in the air.

But along with the official news of Strikeforce’s final show came several fight bookings for upcoming UFC shows with Strikeforce fighters crossing over, including Derek Brunson, who fights Saturday at UFC 155 to open the pay-per-view card against Chris Leben.

“What has happened to the fighters in Strikeforce is horrible,” White said. “The way this thing went down is horrible, and they’ve been very patient. What’s happened over there has been completely s—ty.”

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