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Old 09-29-2008, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Gilbert Melendez mulls move to UFC!

Here is the article I read.

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (14-2) made it clear at last weekend’s “Strikeforce at the Mansion II” event that he has plans to win back the 155-pound title he lost to Josh Thomson back in June.

The loss to “The Punk” was only the second in a 16-fight career for the Cesar Gracie-trained standout. The other was to Japanese standout Mitsuhiro Ishida this past New Year’s Eve.

As it turns out, Ishida now competes under the Strikeforce banner as well, giving Melendez the perfect opportunity to avenge the two losses.

But there’s a problem … “El Nino” only has one fight left on his current deal with the promotion and there have been rumors that suggest he might want to take the next step in his career and test the waters in the UFC.

Here’s what Gilbert had to say about his future in a recent MMAWeekly.com interview:

“I have one fight left with Strikeforce. I really do like Strikeforce, I think they’re a great organization and they took care of me, but I have other goals too, other dreams. I do want to get my payback against Josh and Ishida, but I’m just going to make sure I do really good on my next fight and then I’m going to weigh out all my options.”

Those options clearly include the UFC by what he said next:

“There’s a big chance. That’s an organization I’ve always liked to be a part of and a lot of the guys in there I would want to fight. A lot of those guys motivate me. It’s motivating to test yourself in front of the world. That’s the most motivating thing about going to the UFC is that you really get to showcase yourself.”

Regardless of what he decides to do, there are plenty of great fights out there for Gilbert Melendez. Whether he decides to stay in Strikeforce and play round robin with Thomson and Ishida for the next six months to a year, or he decides to make the move to the octagon, we as fans are all winners.

In the meantime, he’ll still fulfill his obligations with Strikeforce, which call for him to compete one more time for the organization. No announcment has been made regarding a fight invloving “El Nino,” but the company has an event planned for November 21, which may or may not feature the former champion.


This would be a nice addition to the already stacked 155 division of the UFC. I think Gilbert would do well against some of the top guys in the division. He could show himself to be top 10 in the UFC at 155. What does everyone else think?
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I think he will be only a middle tier fighter in the UFC. He will be able to hang, but he won't ever be champ... I'm not even sure if I see him earning a title shot ever.
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Melendez would give a lot of people trouble. He is a skilled stand up fighter and his ground game is very good.

I think he would be able to beat most of the LW divison.
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Melendez was exposed against Ishida. Guys who can out-wrestle him (Guida, Tyson, Edgar, Maynard, etc) would all destroy him. Hell I think anyone with decent striking would beat his ass too...He's boned in Strikeforce and in the UFC. But I'd rather watch him get destroyed in the UFC.
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Melendez was exposed against Ishida. Guys who can out-wrestle him (Guida, Tyson, Edgar, Maynard, etc) would all destroy him. Hell I think anyone with decent striking would beat his ass too...He's boned in Strikeforce and in the UFC. But I'd rather watch him get destroyed in the UFC.
you dont give him enough credit for the fighter he is, he also has already beaten Guida, so much for that
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you dont give him enough credit for the fighter he is, he also has already beaten Guida, so much for that
Yea, barely. I think Guida would take him in a rematch. Just because he beat Guida once doesn't mean he can't be beat in a rematch. And I'm not giving him anymore credit than that until he proves me wrong. So, yes, I am giving him enough credit based on getting owned by Ishida and Thomson. I'm only belittling him in the striking department. He's a good stand-up fighter, but I still think that many guys in the UFC would beat him.
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Yea, barely. I think Guida would take him in a rematch. Just because he beat Guida once doesn't mean he can't be beat in a rematch. And I'm not giving him anymore credit than that until he proves me wrong. So, yes, I am giving him enough credit based on getting owned by Ishida and Thomson. I'm only belittling him in the striking department. He's a good stand-up fighter, but I still think that many guys in the UFC would beat him.
Are you saying Yea barely to him beating Guida? Because I was there and Gilbert beat the shit out of Guida every round of that fight. Gilbert is a good all around fighter. I would not say his game is above everyone else but he is definitely a good fighter, that has a shot at winning against anyone. I do agree that he would lose to Tyson, Edgar, Stevenson ect. but not Guida.
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Are you saying Yea barely to him beating Guida? Because I was there and Gilbert beat the shit out of Guida every round of that fight. Gilbert is a good all around fighter. I would not say his game is above everyone else but he is definitely a good fighter, that has a shot at winning against anyone. I do agree that he would lose to Tyson, Edgar, Stevenson ect. but not Guida.
I dunno about that man. Maybe you guys don't agree with me, but I seriously think Guida would take him in a rematch. Plus I've just never liked the guy.
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I dunno about that man. Maybe you guys don't agree with me, but I seriously think Guida would take him in a rematch. Plus I've just never liked the guy.
which is why you take on him has sounded skewed the whole time
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