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Champ Gilbert Melendez making the best of his remaining time in Strikeforce

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A week and a half into the realization that he won't be going to the UFC, Gilbert Melendez (20-2 MMA, 10-1 SF) is getting used to the idea of fighting Josh Thomson (19-4 MMA, 10-2 SF) a third time.

"I guess it was inevitable," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) with a laugh.

But the Strikeforce lightweight champ would be lying if he said he isn't disappointed.

"I was hoping for something better, for some top talent, and it didn't work out," Melendez said. "Something to raise my stock."

Nothing could do that better than a UFC import. Melendez heard the same names everyone else did when a crossover fight was first rumored. The most heavily rumored names included B.J. Penn and Anthony Pettis. They just never materialized.

Thomson did, and now he and Melendez meet in a rubber match at "Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale," which takes place May 19 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. Melendez vs. Thomson serves as the main card's co-main draw, which airs live on Showtime. Preliminary-card fights air on Showtime Extreme.


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Post #1   4/17/12 1:48:57AM   

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More like wasting his time.

Post #2   4/17/12 10:40:09AM   

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Hard to feel sorry for a guy who openly chose to resign with Strikeforce. He chose money and being a big fish in a small pond over challenging competition, fighting in the number 1 MMA organization and the respect and rankings that go with success in the UFC. Maybe he could compete in some BJJ competitions with his buddy Nick.

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i say Thomsons takes it and idt would be considered "wasting his time"

Post #4   4/17/12 11:01:03AM   

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"I was hoping for something better, for some top talent, and it didn't work out"

You were hoping someone from the UFC to jump over. Why would they purposely want to leave a thriving UFC for a dying Strikeforce?

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Posted by FastKnockout

"I was hoping for something better, for some top talent, and it didn't work out"

You were hoping someone from the UFC to jump over. Why would they purposely want to leave a thriving UFC for a dying Strikeforce?

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Post #6   4/17/12 12:53:08PM