Gilbert Melendez: I'm ready for a shot at the UFC Lightweight titlePosted on October 11, 2011, 07:16 AM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez might well be next in line for a shot at the UFC Lightweight title. Speaking on MMAFighting.com's MMA Hour, Melendez declared himself "ready" for a fight with the reigning Champion Frankie "The Answer" Edgar, and the new adventure in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Still, Cesar Gracie product refused to look past Jorge Masvidal, who defeated KJ Noons and moved up in the Strikeforce Lightweight ladder to become the #1 contender for Melendez's belt:
"I'm definitely impressed by Frankie. He's an amazing fighter. He's great, I honestly feel like I'm the number one contender and I feel like I'm ready for the title shot now. I've been focusing on Jorge Masvidal, he's the first guy in line. I think he's the No. 1 contender, as of now, in Strikeforce, and as of now I have to focus on that guy. He's real tough. But it's hard not to get excited when you hear all these rumors. The most frustrating thing is the recognition, a lot of people don't recognize me as a great fighter because I haven't beaten any UFC guys." - quote via MMAMania.com.
Gilbert Melendez is currently 19-2 in his MMA career, enjoying a 5-fight winning streak. Melendez is also well known for finishing his fights, with no less than 11 KO/TKO finishes on his record.
If officially announced, the fight between Gilbert Melendez and Frankie Edgar would be the fourth UFC bout involving reigning Strikeforce Champion (Alistair Overeem, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson) and the first Champion vs. Champion bout. Hendo will be the first man "to defend Strikeforce" in a UFC 139 main event bout with Mauricio Rua in San Jose, California.
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