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Is free agency in the future for Gilbert Melendez?

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Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is ready to get back to the top of his weight class, but with only one fight left on his current contract, he is welcoming his upcoming free agency.

Melendez has had a very successful career to this point, but the California based fighter has now dropped two out of his last three fights and he’s looking to get the best option for his future.

“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,” Melendez told MMAWeekly.com “But I have other goals too, other dreams. I do want to get my payback against Josh (Thomson) and (Mitsuhiro) Ishida, that’s awesome that they’re there too, 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.

“It’s going to feel good to be a free agent after this fight and see what I can do.”

The next Strikeforce show is set for Nov. 21, but Melendez says it is up in the air if he will end up on that card or not.


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Post #1   9/26/08 7:01:03AM   

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i think he needs to go to the ufc
great fight vs him and bj penn or roger huerta

Post #2   9/26/08 9:32:59AM   

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penn would tool him, but i think gil would take huerta and many other lw. he would be a great addition, but i don't see him getting the belt.

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Yes great addition to the UFC but not an instant chapion by far he has shown to many chinks in the armor...... I see him being right above the fighter that Guida was when he came in

Post #4   9/26/08 11:09:15AM   

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Posted by Kracker_Jap

Yes great addition to the UFC but not an instant chapion by far he has shown to many chinks in the armor...... I see him being right above the fighter that Guida was when he came in



I agree. While I like Gilbert, I also realize that he could very well hump and dump his way to many boring decisions inside the Octagon.

Post #5   9/26/08 4:45:24PM   

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He has a lot of similarities to Guida with less stamina but bigger and stronger. I recognize him as top lightweight, probably on the fringe of the top ten. I have to say though he's not the most exciting fighter to watch. If you like watching wrestlers take people down and keep position then cool, just not my cup of tea.

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Post #6   9/27/08 12:11:02AM