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Melendez vs Alvarez?

http://mmajunkie.com/news/19176/strikeforce-open-to-bellator-co-promotion-gilbert-melendez-vs-eddie-alvarez-fight.mma

[QUOTEA potential fight between two of the world's top 155-pound fighters outside of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is one step closer to fruition.

Just hours after officials from Bellator Fighting Championships distributed a press release campaigning for a fight between their lightweight champ, Eddie Alvarez, and Strikeforce lightweight title-holder Gilbert Melenedez, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he's open to co-promoting the champion-vs.-champion bout.

"If the stars align and we can work out all the terms and conditions and timing, we'd do it," Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Of course we would. Why wouldn't we? Let's go do this."

With the likes of Frankie Edgar, B.J. Penn, Kenny Florian, Gray Maynard, Jim Miller and Diego Sanchez, the UFC has a stronghold on the world's best 155-pound talent. That, of course, has long been the case and given the promotion just about every major lightweight fight of late.

But Alvarez vs. Melendez would pit two of the world's top-10 lightweights against each other. And with the UFC's upcoming Edgar vs. Penn II and Florian vs. Maynard bouts, it couldn't come at a better time.

Talk of the fight first popped up on Friday when Melendez appeared as a panelist on HDNet's "Inside MMA" program. Melendez, who won an interim title and then unified the belts with a win over Josh Thomson in December, thinks the fight could determine a No. 1 fighter.

"I think he's an amazing fighter, and that's why I call out Eddie Alvarez," Melendez said. "Let's unify those titles. I'd love to fight that guy and test myself. I think if I could beat him, I could be No. 1 and vice versa."

He got some support from Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, who recently pitted Alvarez against UFC vet Josh Neer in a non-title "super fight" earlier this month. (Alvarez won via second-round submission.)

"I will do everything I can to get Gilbert what he asked for," Rebney stated. "Gilbert wants the fight, Eddie wants the fight, and I want the fight. All we have to do is get Scott Coker on board, and together, we can make this happen. Eddie wants to fight the best, and Gilbert wants to fight the best, and there is no reason why any promoter or network should stand in the way of that."

Coker, in fact, agrees. He said Strikeforce has already allowed some of its fighters (such as Rudy Bears) to compete in Bellator. Additionally, he even inquired about using Bellator fighter and UFC vet Roger Huerta on a Strikeforce card.

"We've lent them three or four fighters already, and we had a brief conversation about (loaning) Roger Huerta, but the terms, conditioning, time just weren't right," Coker said. "But we'd love to work with them."

Alvarez (20-2), of course, makes his first title defense this fall. He'll fight either Toby Imada or Pat Curran, who recently advanced to the Bellator season-two tourney finale. Alvarez will enter the fight with 10 wins in his past 11 fights, which included consecutive submission victories over Greg Loughran, Eric Reynolds and Imada to win the season-one tourney and Bellator title.

Melendez (18-2), has won four of his past five and recently avenged the only two losses of his career (to Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida). In his most recent bout, he knocked off Japanese star Shinya Aoki in a CBS-televised title fight][/QUOTE]

This would be sweet, hope it goes down.
 

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This would be a great fight for sure. If I had 100 bucks that I had to bet on this fight, I would have to pick Eddie Alvarez.
 

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Looks like Scott Coker continues to seek out stiff competition for Melendez....

Hope this happens.. though TBH it think this fight is the worst possible matchup for Melendez....

IMO Eddie Alvarez is the the worst possible matchup for any LW in the game right now.


Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez and Bellator 155-pound title-holder Eddie Alvarez are one stop closer to a potential meeting, as Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said following Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery” that the promotion is open to working with Bellator to set up the champion vs. champion bout.

“If the stars align and we can work out all the terms and conditions and timing, we’d do it,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “Of course we would. Why wouldn’t we? Let’s go do this. We’ve lent them three or four fighters already, and we had a brief conversation about (loaning) Roger Huerta, but the terms, conditioning, time just weren’t right. But we’d love to work with them.”

Melendez called for a matchup with Alvaez in a Friday appearance on HDNet’s “Inside MMA”, and Bellator issued a press release the following day confirming their interest in setting up a fight between the top 10 lightweights.

“I will do everything I can to get Gilbert what he asked for. Gilbert wants the fight, Eddie wants the fight and I want the fight. All we have to do is get Scott Coker on board and together we can make this happen. Eddie wants to fight the best and Gilbert wants to fight the best and there is no reason why any promoter or network should stand in the way of that,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said.

Melendez (18-2) topped Shinya Aoki at last month’s “Strikeforce: Nashville” in his first title defense since earning a victory over Josh Thomson in December, while Alvarez has won five-straight, including a non-title win over Josh Neer at Bellator 17 earlier this month.
Source....http://mmafrenzy.com/14513/strikeforce-open-to-champ-gilbert-melendez-vs-bellators-eddie-alvarez/
 

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God I hope this happens this would be the single greatest fight ever for anybody in the FFL's history. I have both these guys on my team.
 

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I think it would be a good exciting fight, but I would have to go with Alvarez in this one. He looks better right now. Not takeing anything away from Melendez just Eddie has been the more active fighter, and I think he would have what it takes to beat Melendez.
 
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