Gabe Lemley, Gilbert Melendez’s opponent for Saturday night’s EliteXC/Strikeforce show, doesn’t sound too confident going into the bout. From a Pro Elite press release with quotes from the pre-fight presser:
“My first impression of Gilbert (Melendez) was that this is not a good idea because he is such a great fighter.”
At least Gabe is a realist. He took this fight on three weeks’ notice and walks around at 155 lbs., unlike Melendez who probably cuts 10-15 lbs. to get down to 155. He’s never faced a fighter like Melendez and in all likelihood, Melendez will make short work of him. When you’re making these kind of statements at the pre-fight presser, though, you may be in for a long night.