"Hey, he beat me once, and the last fight was debatable as well, you know? I'm down to fight again. If he has the title too? At this point I'm down and I'm feeling good about fighting anybody. I know it's going to happen eventually. Before my career ends, it's an inevitability. I think it's leaning more towards, they want me to work a little harder to get that title shot again. I had my shot. People ask, are you mad about Thomson? I had my shot. I'll have to work for it."
UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez’s road to the Octagon was a long one but, after years of ruling Strikeforce’s 155-pound talent pool, “El Nino” finally made his debut last April. Though Melendez failed in his bid to beat then-champion Benson Henderson, he looked sharp in the scrap and is poised to impress once again this weekend at UFC 166 when he faces Diego Sanchez. Melendez recently spoke to reporters about the rumble in terms of his mindset entering the match-up, how he can impact his career with a victory, and why Sanchez is an opponent he’s always wanted to face. Fortunately, MMAFighting was on hand and able to capture the conversation. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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