Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal

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Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal
The poster for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.
DateDecember 17, 2011
VenueValley View Casino Center
CitySan Diego, California
Event chronology
Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal was a mixed martial arts event held by Strikeforce. The event took place on December 17, 2011 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.[1]


The main event between Melendez and Masvidal was briefly in question with Dana White's announcement that Melendez was UFC bound, but the match went on as planned.[2]

Keith Jardine was expected to make his Middleweight debut at this event.[3] However, he would instead debut at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine the following year.[4]

The Bowling/Peoples bout was supposed to be fought at Welterweight, however it was changed to a 179-pound catchweight. Peoples still missed weight and the fight went on as a 181-pound catchweight fight with Peoples fined 20 percent of his purse.[5]

The bout between Devin Cole & Gabriel Salinas-Jones was the last heavyweight fight in Strikeforce's full Heavyweight division. Two days after this event was held, Strikeforce announced the end of the division (save for Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament finalists Josh Barnett & Daniel Cormier) due to a lack of depth, and six of the promotion's remaining heavyweight fighters were folded into the UFC shortly afterwards.[6]

Former World Extreme Cagefighting announcer Joe Martinez announced this event in place of Jimmy Lennon Jr., as Lennon was announcing that same night's Showtime-broadcast Super Six World Boxing Classic boxing card headlined by Carl Froch & Andre Ward.[7]


Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez (c) def. Jorge Masvidal Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 49–46) 5 5:00 [a]
Women's Featherweight Cris Cyborg (c) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka No Contest (overturned) 1 0:16 [b]
Light Heavyweight Gegard Mousasi def. Ovince St. Preux Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight K.J. Noons def. Billy Evangelista Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Catchweight (181 lb) Roger Bowling def. Jerron Peoples KO (punches) 1 0:42
Lightweight Caros Fodor def. Justin Wilcox KO (punches) 1 0:13
Heavyweight Devin Cole def. Gabriel Salinas-Jones Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Herman Terrado def. Chris Brown Submission (armbar) 3 4:05
Middleweight Eddie Mendez def. Fernando Gonzalez Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Lightweight Championship.
  2. ^ For the Women's Featherweight Championship. Originally a TKO win for Santos, the result was overturned to a "No Contest" when Santos subsequently tested positive for Stanozolol in a post-fight drug test.[8]

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or locker room bonuses.

  • Gilbert Melendez: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Jorge Masvidal: $23,000
  • Cris Cyborg: $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus) def. Hiroko Yamanaka: $8,000
  • Gegard Mousasi: $150,000 (no win bonus) def. Ovince St. Preux: $17,000
  • KJ Noons: $65,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) def. Billy Evangelista: $20,000
  • Caros Fodor: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Justin Wilcox $12,000
  • Roger Bowling: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Jerron Peoples: $2,000
  • Devin Cole: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Gabriel Salinas-Jones: $3,000
  • Eddie Mendez: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Fernando Gonzalez: $3,000
  • Herman Terrado: $6,000 (includes $3,000 win bonus) def. Chris Brown: $3,000


  1. ^ "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal". 2011-10-11.
  2. ^ "Dana White: Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez is headed to the UFC, ASAP". 2011-10-01.
  3. ^ "Keith Jardine: I'm returning to Strikeforce in December, headed to middleweight". 2011-08-29.
  4. ^ "Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine title fight targeted for Jan. 7 Strikeforce event". 2011-12-02.
  5. ^ "'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal' weigh-in results: Title fights are official". 2011-12-16.
  6. ^ "Strikeforce to Eliminate Heavyweight Division in 2012". 2011-12-15.
  7. ^ "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal Results and Recap". 2011-12-17.
  8. ^ "CSAC: Strikeforce champ Cris 'Cyborg' Santos tests positive for anabolic steroid". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2012-01-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)