Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Japanese fighter Mitsuhiro Ishida, who was stopped via third-round TKO at Saturday night's Strikeforce event, has accused opponent Gilbert Melendez of using illegal hair products - namely, the banned substance known as "Soul Glo", which is used to maintain the Jheri curl hairstyle. According to the product manufacturer, Soul Glo leaves the user "feeling ole so silky smooth" and enables the soul to "shine through", two traits that would have given Melendez an advantage in his bout with Ishida. Said a spokesperson from the California State Athletic Commission, "These are very serious accusations. Once Mr. Ishida files a formal written complaint, we will investigate the matter thoroughly." Neither Melendez nor the staff at his hair salon, the Cesar Gracie Academy of Luscious Locks, were available for comment.