Report: Gilbert Melendez Shoulder Injury Doesn’t Require Surgery
By FCF Staff
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez could be ready to compete early in the new year, as the shoulder injury which pulled him from a title defence against Pat Healy in September, reportedly won’t require surgery.
Gilbert Melendez Sr., who manages the renowned fighter, relayed the news to MMA Junkie.com. Melendez furthered that the lightweight has mobility in his arm, but due to the tear in his AC joint, he’s still unable to throw punches.
At this juncture, it remains to be seen whether Melendez will be able to compete on Strikeforce’s upcoming card in January.
The 30 year-old-fighter’s injury prompted Showtime to pull the plug on broadcasting Strikeforce’s September 29th card, which in turn, prompted the promotion to cancel the event altogether.
Melendez (21-2) hasn’t competed since May when he worked his way to a split decision win over former champ Josh Thomson.
The Cesar Gracie trained fighter has won seven straight bouts.