My first article for The Fight Network is up and can be found here. It covers Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez (right), as he prepares for his bout against Mitsuhiro Ishida at the Yarennoka! “Can’t We Do It! New Year’s Eve! 2007” event on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show will air live in the United States on HDNet.
Melendez also discusses the health of his right hand (he reinjured it in hist last bout against Tetsuji Kato at the “Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion” show in September) and a rumored bout against Josh Thomson for the Strikeforce lightweight title at Strikeforce 8 on March 29, 2008.