Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 5/9/12

According to the Gambling Gods, the trilogy between Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) and Josh Thomson will look eerily similar to their rematch.

“The Punk” initially took Melendez’s Strikeforce title back in January of 2008, but “El Niño” stormed back to reclaim the strap in their December 2009 sequel.

Melendez checks in as a whopping 5-to-1 odds-on favorite for their May 19th shootout. Thomson, meanwhile, is pegged as a heavy 3.5-to-1 underdog when he enters HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.

Showtime will broadcast the main card at 10PM ET/PT.

Here are the wagering lines for Melendez vs. Thomson (Courtesy of BetUS):

Favorite (-) Underdog (+)

Gilbert Melendez -500
Josh Thomson +350

Gambling 101:

Bet $500 on Melendez and he’s victorious, you win $100
Bet $100 on Thomson and he’s victorious, you win $350

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