Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce lightweight champion will make his next title defense against veteran and red-hot number one contender Pat Healy, when Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy comes to Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The main event, scheduled for five rounds, will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Also on the card will be top ten heavyweight Daniel Cormier who will be featured in the co-main event against an opponent that will be named at a later date. Cormier is coming off the big unanimous decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion and MMA veteran Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals earlier this year.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker commented on Healy getting the title shot:
“Pat has been around the sport a long time and has put together an impressive winning streak. This is the biggest fight of his life and he doesn’t want to waste this opportunity.”
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast),while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional fights scheduled for the event are expected to be released shortly.
Tickets for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy, presented by Musclepharm, go on sale to the general public on Saturday, July 28th at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $125, $90, $65 and $40. Tickets are available at the Power Balance Pavilion Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.