“Strikeforce: Evolution” recap: Melendez reclaims lightweight title, Smith stuns Le, and “King Mo” KO’s Whitehead

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez are no strangers to each other or five round wars. Another five round battle was in the cards for tonight’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” lightweight title bout, with both fighters throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other as the bell sounded on the fifth and final round.

This time around, it was Gilbert Melendez that dominated the fight scoring a unanimous decision victory to regain the title that he lost to Thomson back in 2008.

Melendez (17-2) used his jab, often doubling up with it, to control the pace of the fight and utilized a stifling attack on his feet, dropping Thomson in the second and fifth rounds of the fight. Thomson battled back each time he found himself on his back, scrambling to his feet to stand in the pocket and trade bombs with “El Nino.” Melendez employed a very effective left hand, leg kick combo to set the pace in the later rounds, but both fighters were ineffective in their take down attempts.

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Upcoming MMA events – December preview

With the TUF 10 Finale, UFC 107, WEC 45, Strikeforce: Evolution, and New Year's Eve in Japan, December is another stacked month of action for MMA fans.

The month of November was huge for MMA fans. We had Sengoku 11, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, UFC 105, WEC 44, Strikeforce – Challengers Series 5, and UFC 106. We also had The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights each Wednesday night.

These shows produced some of the best fights of the year. “Pee Wee” Herman knocked out “Big” Jim York with a crazy heel smash, Fedor knocked out Brett Rogers, Dan Hardy took out Mike Swick, Michael Bisping finished Denis Kang, Jose Aldo knocked out Mike Brown, Josh Koscheck choked out Anthony Johnson, and “Lil’ Nog” made a very impressive UFC debut with his knockout of Luiz Cane.

Let’s take a look forward to December to see what big shows we have coming up.

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