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Gilbert Melendez Expected to Return to Strikeforce May 19

Posted on by Damon Martin


It looks like Gilbert Melendez will return to action on May 19 as part of the upcoming Strikeforce card, which will also feature the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Sources indicated during the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card that Melendez could be on tap for the May 19 show, but nothing had been confirmed at the time.

Now it appears that Melendez is locked in for the show, but he’s currently awaiting an opponent to be named.

Melendez’s coach and trainer Cesar Gracie also took to Twitter to confirm the news, and asked for a couple of specific opponents. UFC opponents to be exact.

“Gil is fighting May 19,” wrote Gracie. “I hope (B.J.) Penn or (Anthony) Pettis.”

The current agenda for Strikeforce’s lightweight division has remained up in the air ever since Melendez last defended his title in December in a decision victory over Jorge Masvidal.

Two lightweight contenders competed at the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card with Josh Thomson picking up a win over K.J. Noons, while Pat Healy defeated Caros Fodor.

Unfortunately, it appears neither fighter has impressed the Strikeforce brass enough to lock them in for a title shot against Melendez as of yet.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Melendez’s opponent when it becomes available.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329159632 jesusnkunku

    “Two lightweight contenders competed at the Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card with Josh Thomson picking up a win over K.J. Noons, while Pat Healy defeated Caros Fodor.

    Unfortunately, it appears neither fighter has impressed the Strikeforce brass enough to lock them in for a title shot against Melendez as of yet.”

    I saw that coming a mile away.

  • matty

    Why would his manager think a UFC fighter will be brought over? I would bet my house that will not happen. It would be the first time ever. However why would he say that if it wasn’t being discussed. I hope they bring Showtime over to kick his ass.

    • shakejunt

      after thinking about it, pettis would be a great fight for gil. i honestly believe they’re both a huge step up in competition for each other

  • b-soc

    Finally, we get to see if Gil can roll in the big leagues. My prediction: Epic fail. He will stay in the top 10 but the higher level competition at 155 will own him.

    • RonnieV

      Gilbert has a more impressive resume than almost any lightweight in the UFC, plus all his training partners are ranked amongst the UFC’s best. He’ll do just fine with whomever they throw at him.

      • phrankthetank

        1, no he doesn’t. 2. Currently the only fighters he trains with worth mentioning are the Diaz brothers, and he doesn’t fight like the Diaz brothers.

  • fitefan

    I’ve seen a few of Gil’s fights. He appears to be the kind of fighter that would get better with stronger competition. As opposed to just getting beat and never evolving as a fighter to find an answer to more talented opposition.

  • alhmiel

    something smells here. Gilbert is being penalized staying at strikeforce. makes no sense combine the two MMA factions and move on. dumb and not fair to Gilbert.

  • Mario

    Pettis got screwed over again when the UFC decided to give Frankie his rematch against Benson.

    Let’s make things fair now and give him the next best thing: Gilbert Melendez

    I’m sure he’d take it. Why shouldn’t he?

  • maddawgmar

    Pettis was not screwed. He doesn’t deserve a title shot. After two horrible performances and a quick KO is not championship worthy. A two fight win streak, one of which he shouldn’t have even won, doesn’t earn a title shot. Pettis is over glorified because a lucky kick. Put him against any top ten LW right now and he will probably lose. That includes Henderson.

    Gil needs a top contender, he can hang with any top ten LW. He may lose to some but he will contend in any fight. Who knows maybe he could be number one, but we may never know.

    • pooby

      Two “Horrible” performances? The only one of his three UFC fights that sucked was Guida, and that was due entirely to Guida’s ability to glue himself to Pettis and drag him down, and do no damage whatsoever. Pettis did well against Guida on the feet and stayed on the offense on his back with non stop submission attempts.

      He kicked Stephens ass.

      Lauzon is no joke, and has never been beaten like that.

      With that said, Pettis or Penn would both be compelling fights. I know Penn has talked retirement, but I think he could get motivated to fight a guy that many claim is the best lightweight in the world (I disagree, Bendo would wreck him).

      • phrankthetank

        ?? He did to Stephens what guida did to him! Pettis absolutely hasn’t earned a title shot. The only reason he’s even in the conversation is because he beat Henderson in the WEC.

  • http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/ UFCFightBlogger

    It does not seem possible that BJ Penn would return and fight for Strikeforce, that would be below him. But I can definitely see Anthony Pettis being persuaded to take a title shot. Maybe a Clay Guida or Gray Maynard as well. But who ever wins might be stuck in Strikeforce, that does not sound too appealing either.

    Check out this article about the possible opponent http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/news/gilbert-melendez-expecting-return-ufc-opponent/

    • phrankthetank

      Commenting on another site to promote your own? That’s a little disrespectful don’t you think?