Strikeforce Champ Gilbert Melendez: ‘I’m Up There Pound-For-Pound As Well’

October 13, 2011

SAN DIEGO – Gilbert Melendez has done a lot of work to get the stellar reputation he has in the fight game. As one of the few fighters outside of the UFC to get his name thrown into the pound-for-pound discussion, Melendez continues to impress with wins on his way to an inevitable spot on the UFC roster.

“I’m proud of myself,” Melendez told on Thursday. “I’ve come a long way without the power of Zuffa behind me. Now that I have the marketing machine of Zuffa and the approval of them, things have… skyrocketed for me.”

But before he can make his debut in the Octagon, Melendez will have his hands full with Jorge Masvidal at a Strikeforce event on Dec. 17 in San Diego. The Strikeforce lightweight champ knows his challenger is dangerous and talks about those dangers in the video below.

In addition, Melendez shared his thoughts on Frankie Edgar being viewed as the world’s pound-for-pound No. 2 fighter in the eyes of Dana White. Check it out...

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