Gilbert Melendez targets a move up to WelterweightPosted on December 18, 2010, 03:01 AM by Daniel Cassidy
“Honestly I’m ready for some new blood. I’ve cleaned out a lot of guys in the 155 lb. division so I will probably have to fight a couple of guys again who are in my weight class. I know that is a possibility so I’m prepared to deal with that. Then I hear Paul Daley called out K.J. Noons and Nick Diaz and while I know that Diaz is down…Noons says that Daley isn’t worthy and I think that Paul Daley is a Top 10 guy. I would love to jump up and fight somebody with a high profile like that who would raise my stock in the pound for pound rankings. Something like that interests me and those are the kinds of things I want to bring to the table.”
“We can do a catch weight bout at 165 lbs. but if he has a problem making that and we would need to do 170 lbs. then let’s do it. I want to challenge myself, stay motivated and that’s something that I would be totally up for even if nobody else is. No one in Strikeforce is calling my name out after the fights. Nobody is looking for a fight with me. They are all calling out K.J. Noons. What about me? I’m the champ…let’s get to it.”
"I don't feel like there is too much left to prove at lightweight," Melendez stated "I mean...there are things that can be done and I'm willing to prove whatever I need to. I'm willing to fight Billy Evangelista. I'm willing to fight Lyle Beerbohm. I'm willing to fight Justin Wilcox and these up and comers but they're not giving me an opportunity. Like I said man...everybody is calling out everyone else but me and I'd love to check these guys and defend my title against them but apparently Strikeforce either doesn't think they are ready or are not worthy"
With a potential third fight with Josh Thomson looming, Gilbert Melendez it seems is a champion with too few chalengers. Since causing the upset by defeating JMMA legend Shinya Aoki, Melendez stock has risen massively, and the Strikeforce Lightweight Champ admits he is considering a move up to Welterweight to fight fresh blood. The Cesar Gracie product is 18-2, only being beaten by decision against Josh Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida, both loses he has since avenged.
On a four fight win streak with no new opponents in sight, What do you think, Lowkick'ers? Should Melendez consider a move up to 170 lbs? Should he stay content at ruling the Strikeforce Lightweight division? Or should he look to face new competition?
Source: Bloody Elbow