Melendez: Fans think who the Hell is Melendez?

Melendez: Fans think who the Hell is Melendez?

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Strikeforce lightweight champion Gil Melendez has put together a six-fight winning streak, and in one week, he'll step into action against former champion Josh Thomson.

The previous two clashes between Melendez and Thomson were action-packed affairs with the title belt exchanging hands when the judges' scores were read.

Everything appeared to be shaping up perfectly for a third showdown until news surfaced this week about an injury Thomson suffered. After making a call to the Zuffa brass, Melendez was assured Thomson would be standing across from him on May 19 in San Jose, Calif.

"When I heard the news, I thought it was typical Josh Thomson," Melendez told HeavyMMA. "He gets injured a lot and has had some issues with it. As far as I'm concerned, the fight is still on. Once I heard the rumor, I called (Strikeforce matchmaker) Sean Shelby, because he's the man to call in these situations, and he said it's a go. I'm anticipating Josh, and if not, I know they'll find someone for me.

"The possibility of him getting injured before the fight was most definitely something I thought about. The first two times we fought, he was saying he was hurt coming into the fights and not 100 percent, but he came out guns blazing. This is something you hear from Josh a lot. Whether he had a sh---y performance or his training wasn't right, he always puts it out there.

"Who isn't injured going into a fight? If you're 100 percent going into a fight, then you probably didn't train hard enough, to be honest. I have little injuries pop up here and there, but I don't put them on blast. Fighting hurt comes with the territory in this business. I expected it coming into this fight, but I don't expect him to be that injured. I'm anticipating he'll be just fine when fight time rolls around."

"If I'm truly the best in the world, then I should be able to beat whoever they put in front of me. Everyone knows in MMA that styles make fights. Fighter A can beat Fighter B, and Fighter B can beat Fighter C, and Fighter C can beat Fighter A. The sport is crazy like that, but I have to be able to beat Fighter A through Z. It doesn't matter if my opponent's style is an easy or tough matchup for me. I have to get the job done. Josh is a tough matchup. He flies a little under the radar sometimes, but he is definitely going to be up for this fight."

"I feel like I've gotten a lot of recognition from the media and my peers for a while now, and I respect and appreciate that. When I heard what Nate said, I was touched. On the biggest day of his life, he gives me the biggest shout out. He's just as much the No. 1 in the world as I am in my opinion.

"It's great to get recognition and it's great that he gives me love like that, but I think the common fan still hears my name and says, 'Who the hell is that?' I think the reason is because they haven't seen me fight or that I'm not in the UFC. I get respect from my fellow fighters, but the common fan doesn't know who I am because they don't follow Strikeforce the way they follow the UFC."

"I wish some of these guys in the UFC would take the risk, but at the end of the day I understand the business moves. I'm sure their managers tell them fighting me in Strikeforce isn't the best business move, and I understand.

"I'm going to be with Strikeforce for a while, or at least until my contract is up. I have this fight plus three more, and I respect that. It's good to know where I'm going to be and know what the future holds."

"I have shown Josh respect in the past, and I respect him now, but I feel my skills are good enough for me to take control and show I am the better fighter. I'm going to be aggressive in this fight. Fans watching can expect me to take some risks and show a few new tricks. I'm just trying to represent my team and trying to represent for my family and friends. I can't guarantee victory, but I can guarantee I'm ready for five rounds of battle."

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Mel is great.
Would love to see him in the UFC in 2015 Phone Post

Mix6APlix - Noobs say who the hell is Melendez.


Melendez is a stud!! Phone Post

I'd love to see Gill vs Bendo!! Phone Post

Flexo - 
BrolyTheJustSaiyan -
Flexo - Isn't Simon Marcus fighting tonight ? Phone Post 3.0
Joe Schilling already took him out in the best fight of the year in any combat sport Phone Post 3.0
Sunuva. Was it the first fight? Phone Post 3.0

3rd fight 

 How can someone who follows MMA not know who "El Niño" is?  The guy is a stud.

I really respect for staying in Strikeforce and making the best of his situation.  I love Gilbert (even though he destroyed my boy Masvidal).

Got tickets to this fight. Can't wait!!! War Melendez!!! Phone Post

I think Melendez should finish up his contract and sign with Bellator. That way Zuffa has nothing on him and if he becomes champ in Bellator, he'll have a better chance getting into the UFC than he does now. Phone Post

40oztofreedom - I think Melendez should finish up his contract and sign with Bellator. That way Zuffa has nothing on him and if he becomes champ in Bellator, he'll have a better chance getting into the UFC than he does now. Phone Post
Smh... Seriously? Phone Post

Gilbert is one of a few people to have a loss, yet beat every opponent he's fought atleast once.

Junior dos santos, george saint pierre and micheal mcdonald are also in the same boat.

I cannot really think of anyone else off the top of the dome.

SCRAP PACK, Phone Post

 Bellator is a risky place to sign. With someone well rounded and tough like Chandler around thats a huge gamble of a fight to possibly have specially since Chandler isnt like Frankie or Bendo and goes for the kill from the start.

Regardless I wish Gil would just find a way to opt out of this contract. ZUffa truely doesnt give a fuck about there fans if they cant get him out of shitty SF.

Niel McCalley - Dominic Cruz has only one loss, and avenged it...