Mitsuhiro Ishida Camp Submits Verbal Protest For Greasing, Melendez Calls It “Weak”


Mitsuhiro Ishida camp filed a verbal protest with the California State Atletic Commission, accusing Strikeforce intrim lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez of Greasing during their rematch last Saturday at Strikeforce “Carano vs Cyborg”.

Melendez calls Ishida’s accusations “Weak”,

“I did not grease in the fight … The athletic commission was with me the whole time. I didn’t bring any grease with me. I didn’t think there was much grappling in the fight anyway … It’s kind of funny, but kind of weak … I beat him good and there’s no way I greased.”

No formal complaint has been filed with the CSAC. Ishida’s camp will have five days to file an official protest, said CSAC Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas,

“In order for it to be considered official, we have to have something in writing … Ever since the Penn-St. Pierre fight, our inspectors have been duly trained to be very attentive to what’s happening backstage and in the corner,”

We will have to see if anything come’s out of this or if it was just frustration from Ishida, who was completely dominated in all aspect of the fight by Melendez.

Josh Thompson Out, Mitsuhiro Ishida Replaces Against Gilbert Melendez

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Rumors of Josh Thompson not being able to compete at Strikefore “Carano vs. Cyborg” on Aug. 15 due to a still injured leg, are true. Thompson was not cleared to fight by the California State Athletic Commission. Strikeforce confirmed that Mitsuhiro Ishida (18-5-1) will replace Thompson and take on Gilbert Melendez (15-2) for the interim Strikeforce lightweight title.

Ishida defeated Melendez via unanimous decision at DREAM 1 in 2007.

For the latest on Strikeforce “Carano vs. Cyborg”, check out our MMA Rumors section.

Strikeforce “Playboy Mansion 2″ Results

Strikeforce at the Mansion 2 Results

  • Kazuo Misaki defeats Joe “Diesel” Riggs by TKO at 2:29 of R1.
  • Josh “The Punk” Thomson defeats Ashe “The Archer” Bowman by TKO at 1:14 of R1
  • Mitsuhiro Ishida defeats Justin “The Silver Back” Wilcox by submission (armbar) at 1:21 of R1
  • Trevor Prangley defeats Anthony “El Toro” Ruiz by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Terry Martin defeats Cory “The One” Devela by TKO at 2:08 of R3
  • Luke Stewart defeats Jesse Juarez by Submission (armbar) at 4:55 of R1
  • Eric Lawson defeats Kenneth Seegrist by Submission (rear naked choke) at 3:07 of R1
  • Brandon Magana defeats Brandon Thatch by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Jesse Gillespe defeats Dave Martin by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)