Although a bout between Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez didn’t come together when it was first proposed several years ago, the latter is hoping it can finally materialize under the UFC banner.
Back when Melendez was the Strikeforce lightweight champ, and Alvarez held Bellator’s title, the promotions reportedly tried to make the all-star bout happen. Although it never did, the two exchanged a few verbal shots over the years, and now “El Nino” is calling for the fight once again.
While appearing on a recent edition of “The MMA Hour”, Melendez had this to say while discussing his next bout (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If Eddie Alvarez is out there and he’s open to fight me and I think he is — no doubt in my mind he’s open to fight me — I think we should try to fight each other,” Melendez said. “There would be no better place than Mexico City. That would be the one to do it on if you ask me.”
“It’s two guys that probably have similar fighting styles,” Melendez said. “It would be a good recipe for a bad ass MMA fight.”
Yes, more than a few people would certainly love to see that bout go down at some juncture, and since neither man is booked, why not soon? The UFC is expected to hold another event in Mexico City this coming summer, possibly in June.
Alvarez was scheduled to fight Benson Henderson last month, at UFC FN 59, but an injury forced the contender to withdraw. Alvarez hasn’t fought since September, when he was decisioned by Donald Cerrone while making his UFC debut.
Melendez, meanwhile, is looking to get back on track after he was submitted by champion Anthony Pettis in December.
Alvarez is currently ranked #10 in the UFC’s lightweight division and Melendez is sitting at #4.