Five Ounces has the info:
Sources have informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com that Strikeforce officials could be set to announce in the coming days that [Thomson and Melendez] will rematch each other on April 11 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
I don’t know how I like this. On one hand, a Thomson-Melendez rematch is much more relevant than El Nino’s rumored fight with Jorge ‘I Ignore My Strengths’ Gurgel. At the same time, Melendez hasn’t had a single fight since he dropped the Strikeforce belt to Thomson back in June. Don’t guys usually have to earn rematches? Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work?
I could see if there was some type of controversy in the way the fight ended, but the only justification here is that there simply isn’t anybody else for either guy to fight. Eddie Alvarez would be perfect but he’s tied up with that Bellator/ESPN tournament. Nick Diaz will be busy trying to smack the braces out of Frank Shamrock’s mouth in the main event. KJ Noons thinks he’s going to become a boxing superstar — which is, of course, the smart business decision considering how MMA is slowly fading out and boxing is on the rise. ‘Krazy Horse’ might not be any more relevant than Gurgel but I happen to find that loony asshole to be entertaining in a VH1-trainwreck-television type of way. The problem with that is he’ll likely be in jail. I think he likes to spend the Spring behind bars.
The best solution to this little conundrum would be Scott Coker signing a deal with DREAM and getting guys like Shinya Aoki and Joachim Hansen on loan. That might not be so far fetched, as Coker recently told MMAWeekly a few of his dream fights are Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler, Joachim Hansen vs. Josh Thomson, and Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez. He’s also made it very clear that he intends to utilize more talent from the land of the Rising Sun. We’ll just have to wait and see.