Recently Gilbert Melendez relayed that he’d love to fight Eddie Alvarez in his next outing, and by the sounds of it, he won’t have a tough time getting the latter to agree.
If you’ve followed Melendez and Alvarez throughout their accomplished careers, then you know talk of the two fighting isn’t anything new. Back when Melendez was the lightweight champ with Strikeforce, and Alvarez was ruling Bellator’s 155 division, both men expressed an interesting in squaring off. Unfortunately, however, the bout never materialized.
The two have continued to toss verbal shots at one another over the years, but now that they’re both signed to the UFC, the bout could get booked.
Well, now that Melendez is campaigning to fight Alvarez once again, the veteran was asked about the situation on a recent episode of “The MMA Hour.” Here is some of what Alvarez had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I beat this guy every time out,” Alvarez said. “With everything in me. I don’t know how he feels about his fight skills, but the things that he’s good at — his style — I’m better at. I hit harder, I’m stronger, I feel like I’m faster. I just really want to hit this guy. I’m excited about it.”
There certainly seems to be a lot of chips in place for the bout to happen, as both men are coming off defeats. Melendez is looking to rebound from a submission loss to lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in December, and Alvarez hasn’t fought since September, when he was decisioned by Donald Cerrone.
It’s also a fight that could headline a Fight Night card or possibly co-headline a pay-per-view. Melendez is currently ranked #4 at 155 and Alvarez is placed at #10.
Melendez has said he’d like to fight Alvarez in the UFC’s next trip to Mexico, which is expected to take place in June. Alvarez, however, would reportedly like the bout to go down sooner than that.