The lightweight division is widely regarded as one of, if not the deepest weight class in the world, and every promotion is working to add more top names to their respective rosters.
One big name that could become available following his next fight is former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez, who has stated on numerous occasions that he has a single fight left on his current contract and will weigh his options at that time.
But could Melendez be on the WEC’s speed dial for a future 155lb contender?
According to lightweight champion, Jamie Varner, he believes the promotion may be looking at Melendez as a viable addition to the roster at some point in the near future.
“There’s a couple guys out there that I could rumble with a little bit that the WEC’s talking about getting. One of the big names that they’re talking about is Gilbert Melendez, who sat in the top ten, in the upper echelon of the top ten in my division for a long time and now he’s nowhere to be found,” Varner told MMAWeekly Radio recently. “I think he’s got one more fight with Strikeforce, and then after that, there’s been talk of the WEC getting him.”
Varner says he’s ready for the top ten challenges that will get him the recognition he’s been working for so long.
His first challenge is of course coming up against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, but after that Varner is open to whatever happens next.
“I may have to fight a Bart Palaszewski or a Richard Crunkilton, but then who knows, maybe I will get a shot at a top ten guy.”