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Gil Melendez- how does he match up against the top UFC lightweights?


11:11 am
November 10, 2010



posts 83


i am just curious to see what the forum thinks about this? ive been reading a few things on the subject and thoguht there might be some interesting opinions here.

11:51 am
November 10, 2010

Keith Grienke


posts 714


Out of all the non-UFC Lightweights, I would put him highest in the Top 10. He has avenged both of his losses and dominated Aoki. Maybe as high as third above guys like Alvarez, Penn, Florian, and behind Edgar (1) and Maynard (2).

Next, I hear he may rematch Aoki in DREAM. I think this is too soon for a rematch, but I think Strikeforce promised to send him back to DREAM after Aoki came over.

The Alvarez fight seems to be the only fight that really makes sense for Melendez right now.

I guess a Josh Thomson or Ishida rubber match could be done but I am not interested in those either right now.

3:54 pm
November 28, 2010

Mike Davis


posts 212


I think he would do well into the UFC and matches up well with a lot of the guys like Griffin, Guida, Lauzon and the such but will fall short at the top of the ladder.

12:43 am
December 18, 2010

Bobby Karimi-Busheri


posts 206


Immediate title challenger, I would favor him against most including Edgar and even odds against Maynard and maybe only underdog vs Penn.

11:56 pm
December 19, 2010



posts 22


In my opinion you guys are underestimating the talent level in the UFC.  When Sean Sherk and Joe Stevenson are becoming gate keepers in a division you know the talent level is ridiculous.  Guys who fighter there ONLY fight top competition.  Melendez doesn't have this same experience.  I would definitely put him below Maynard, Griffin, BJ Penn (some of you guys have him above Penn who just beat the 2nd greatest WW ever?!), Florian, and probably even Sotoripoulos (who I am an admitted nutthugger of).  Remember how dominant Jake Shields was supposed to look?  Martin 'The Gatekeeper' Kampmann gave him all he could handle.  The top-to-bottom competition in the UFC is just so much higher than anywhere else right now.

12:19 pm
February 7, 2011

Keith Grienke


posts 714


Melendez just signed up with Strikeforce again.

NEW YORK (Feb. 7, 2011) – Two-time STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight Champion (155 pounds), Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez (18-2), has signed a new, multi-year agreement with the San Jose, Calif. based world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion.

“STRIKEFORCE is my home, they’ve always been like family to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my career with them,” said the talented, exciting, 5-foot-9, 27-year-old protégé of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Cesar Gracie and Muay Thai legend Jongsanan Fairtex. “There are a lot of great fights out there for me – lots of challenges. I can’t wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I’m still at the top of my game.’’

Universally recognized as one of the top 155-pounders in the world, Melendez has won four in a row and five of six.

Melendez of San Francisco, by way of Santa Ana, Calif., last fought on April 17, 2010, retaining the STRIKEFORCE belt with a dominant, lopsided five-round decision over Japanese superstar Shinya Aoki in Nashville, Tenn., live on The CBS Television Network.

The impressive, one-sided triumph over the highly regarded Aoki came in Melendez’ first title defense since he regained the STRIKEFORCE crown with a hard-earned, hard-fought unanimous five- round decision over the fighter that had dethroned him, Josh Thomson, on Dec. 19, 2009, at HP Pavilion San Jose, Calif.

Melendez, who turned pro on Oct. 18, 2002, and won his initial 13 starts, owns other notable victories over MMA standouts Aoki, Clay Guida andTatsuya Kawajiri. Melendez captured the STRIKEFORCE interim lightweight belt with a second-round knockout (punches) over Rodrigo Damm on April 11, 2009, in San Jose.

“I’m healthy again and excited about fighting again real soon,’’ the personable, charismatic Melendez said. “It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just want to get back in there and rip.’’

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