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Gilbert Melendez: “I’m coming for all the 155-pounders.”

At one point in time Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez felt like he was headed to the UFC, following the footsteps of his fellow Strikeforce fighters such as Dan Henderson, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, and Alistair Overeem.

However, today he still calls Strikeforce his home, remaining as the promotion’s main star.

Now, as he prepares for a third bout with Josh Thomson, “El Nino” understands why UFC President Dana White left him to carry the flag of Strikeforce. Of course, that doesn’t mean Melendez doesn’t want to face the likes of UFC lightweight title-holder Benson Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Gray Maynard and his other highly-touted peers who do their business inside the Octagon.

“I’m coming for all the 155-pounders and I really want to prove I’m No. 1,” said Melendez in a recent interview with MMAWeekly. “Part of being No. 1 is beating everyone, every match-up. I think I can beat every style out there.”

Melendez and Thomson have split their previous two meetings. Their bout will be the co-main event on May 19 on Showtime.


  • Rece Rock says:

    At this point the log jam at 155 in zuffa should be unappealing to gilbert so he should try his best to talk his way into getting a top 155er from UFC over to SF to challenge him… If they were going to offer it to Penn why wouldn’t they offer it to anybody else.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I hope they do offer the winner of Thompson vs Melendez a top UFC guy, the winner of Guida vs Maynard would be great to start with, but it may become very interesting if Diaz becomes the next LW champion and they bring Gilbert over.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Why not bring Jim Miller over to SF? Don’t see him beating Melendez but, it’s a fresh match up, and at this point Miller is prolly 3 or 4 wins from a UFC title shot.

    It buys some time for Zuffa to decide what they are doing with SF and gives Melendez or Thompson if he wins a new opponent.

    After that move loser of Maynard/Guida over to SF for the same reasons. That buys you barring injuries, two opponents and a years worth of time after this next fight at 155 for SF.

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  • MCM says:

    Everyone keeps saying that the UFC needs to bring guys over to SF, but why would any fighter do that? Why would someone in the biggest and best MMA org in the world go over to a smaller promotion, that doesn’t have half the viewers, not a 10th the exposure, doesn’t pay OTN bonuses, and won’t garner them as much in sponsorship money? Yes, it sucks for Gilbert, but if it sucks for him, why would anyone in the top 10 that would give him a challenge go over? I know we’d all like to see it as fans, but it makes absolutely no sense for fighters.

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  • Miller has stated that he has no interest in going to sf….and I cant say I blame him, other than fighting Gil or Thomson, its kind of a barren landscape for him.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I wonder if SF started being more like the little brother of the UFC instead of a separate org that just happens to be owned by the same parent, if they’d do better and more fighters would want to stay/go there.

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