Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/16/11
With Strikeforce on Thursday announcing its contract renewal with Showtime, the organization appears to be alive and well under the Zuffa umbrella. The California-based promotion returns Saturday with an intriguing lineup from the Valley View Casino in San Diego. Two titles will be on the line as red-hot champion Gilbert Melendez defends the 155-pound championship against Jorge Masvidal, while Strikeforce queen Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos returns against Hiroko Yamanaka. Here's a closer look at the televised card: Gilbert Melendez (19-2) vs. Jorge Masvidal (22-6) The Strikeforce lightweight title is up for grabs as the consensus top-five world-ranked Melendez defends his gold against the emerging contender Masvidal. Melendez, 29, is widely regarded as the best lightweight in the world not under a UFC contract. Despite UFC president Dana White repeatedly expressing interest in bringing Melendez into the promotion, the California native must first pass what could be his last test a...
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