Former Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is looking to rebound against Diego Sanchez sometime this fall, and after losing the razor close decision to Benson Henderson, Melendez couldn’t be happier. Melendez feels that if he makes a statement in the octagon in this fight, the UFC will have no choice but to put him back in the cage with Lightweight Champion. Sanchez is a well known name in the sport of MMA and it was his idea to have this fight, but Melendez is saying be careful what you wish for.
He told Bleacher Report:
“It feels great to know I’m getting a great fight right away. That wasn’t always the case in the past, and with Diego, I get a big name and great fight. He was a pioneer in this MMA game and it’s neat that the UFC is on top of it. They are a real business. I love Strikeforce, but these guys do their business so well.
“I have four months notice to prep for Diego. I’ve never had that before. I would get an eight-week notice and a switch of opponents. Or I would get a switch in venues or switch of dates. It’s nice to have that kind of lead in. He’s on my mind and now I can put all of my focus, both mental and physical, into preparing for that fight.
“I’m looking to get back to that title. I believe if I make a statement in this fight, that opportunity is right there.”
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