Is Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (19-2 MMA, 9-1 SF) is moving to the UFC, it won't be before a Dec. 17 title fight with top contender Jorge Masvidal (22-6 MMA, 4-0 SF) .
UFC president Dana White, whose company acquired Strikeforce earlier this year, recently said he wants Melendez in the UFC as soon as possible.
But first, he'll headline an event that officials today announced: "Strikeforce" Melendez vs. Masvidal."
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the title fight back in August, and though White hinted at Melendez's likely move to the UFC just this past weekend, sources reiterated that the Strikeforce bout was still a go for Dec. 17.
The event takes place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The main card, including the Melendez title fight, airs on Showtime.