(Gil looks just as impressed at Strikeforce’s matchmaking as we are)

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gil Melendez is consensus Top 5 in his division. He’s a very well-rounded fighter who just happens to sport one of the best low fro’s in the biz. The only problem for Gil is that he’s stuck in the Strikeforce/Showtime contractual pit of hell and has very few peers down there. Well, let not an impossibly bleak situation stop Scott Coker from booking the fights that everyone wants to see. From the wreckage that has become Strikeforce, Coker now brings us Gil’s newest challenger: Pat Healy.

No not Matt Dillon’s character from There’s Something about Mary, you silly goose. Pat Healy, the fighter. You know, the guy who holds wins over Carlos Condit, Paul Daley, and Dan Hardy, oh and Tiki Ghosn. Do not forget about Tiki – he’s walking, talking proof that if you’re slick enough to bang Arianny and follow Rampage around like a puppy, then you get to keep your status as a decent win on other’s guys’ records. But I digress. Healy is 28-16 and is riding high on a five fight win streak in Strikeforce. Now, don’t be getting’ all technical on me by pointing out that Healy holds no recent victories against Top 20 competition. No shit, Sherlock. This is Strikeforce, son, you gots to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride.

Even though Healy may not have faced the crème de la crème of 155’ers to get there, he’s an awfully tough fighter who deserves his shot, because shit man, unless you want to watch Melendez/Thompson IV, Pat’s the best option. And with his reputation as the slightly less skilled, lightweight version of Jon Fitch, this one is guaranteed to produce fireworks!