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Gilbert Melendez’s Next Opponent Will Be from Strikeforce, Not UFC

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Gilbert Melendez impressed everybody last weekend with his first-round drubbing of former Pride and Dream fighter Tatsuya Kawajiri to solidify his place among the best lightweights in the world.

Following a year layoff, Melendez came back guns blazing and didn’t stop until Kawajiri was finished. In the end, he laid claim to the top of the lightweight mountain.

Now comes the interesting part of finding the next opponent for Melendez.

Rumors started circling right after his fight with Kawajiri that the UFC was thinking about bringing in a title contender to face Melendez next. Names like Jim Miller started popping up right away, but it appears that fight or any cross-promotional fight won’t be Melendez’s next title defense.

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Post #1   4/19/11 8:56:59PM   

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Damn. I got a little excited when I heard Jim Miller's name as a next possible opponent. That would have been amazing and a really great test for Melendez. If he can hang with Miller he can hang with most of the ufc lightweights.

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Who else does SF have, that is a legit opponent, besides Josh T. And if coming off a loss and who already hasnt been beaten down by Gilbert.

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I have a feeling they're going to go with an Aoki rematch. Which I am not really interested in.

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Post #4   4/20/11 12:18:52AM   

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Aoki rematch = Gil finishes it before 5 rounds of boring me to death like last time.

El Nino really impressed me in the utter massacre of Kawajiri. I'd say he's ready for the big show. Give him a top 5, top 10 for his first UFC fight and see what's up.

And I know this is off topic, but I am not convinced Eddie Alvarez can hang with the top contenders in the UFC's Lightweight division. I didn't think he did very well in the Curran fight. He could probably crack the top 10, perhaps top 5, but I don't think he will ever be a champ outside of Bellator.

Gilbert Melendez though? He can cut the mustard.

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Melendez is to good for strikeforce he should make the jump to the ufc and fight the best of the best same goes with Eddie Alvarez and his situation in bellator the guys they are fighting aren't going to move them up in the rankings.

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I disagree about Alvarez. I'm very biased towards him but even if I wasn't I can't take away from his win over Curran. He dominated the kid. His boxing looked fantastic in that fight and even though he couldn't finish him, he completely worked Curran. His boxing is outstanding he has a great wrestling base and his submissions are really coming up to par. I could see him at least challenging for the title. Same with Melendez.

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I would say winner of a noons vs madisval match

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Didn't we already know that there was going to be no cross-over fights like that? I thought it was clear that Strikeforce and UFC were not going to exchange fighters until their contracts were up.

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Posted by Pookie

Didn't we already know that there was going to be no cross-over fights like that? I thought it was clear that Strikeforce and UFC were not going to exchange fighters until their contracts were up.



I thought so to

Post #10   4/20/11 6:27:55PM