Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez is already campaigning for the UFC lightweight title. Melendez’s fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC 166: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos III in Houston, Texas became an instant classic among fight fans, and Melendez wants to use the momentum to get back into title contention. Melendez’s last loss was to former champion Benson Henderson, and now that Anthony Pettis is the champion it opens up new doors for the Gracie Fighter to get back in there and fight for the belt. Melendez is even up for it if he gets the call on short notice.
Melendez told MMAJunkie:
“I’m campaigning hard for it. That was the goal, was to make a statement. I wanted to win the fight, wanted to take care of business, but the goal was to look good, and I’m definitely going to campaign for it.”
“It went through my head right away. Right away after the fight you start thinking about the future. Josh is a guy who has been prone to injury, so I’m like, ‘Man, would I step up?’
“It definitely crossed my mind and I haven’t made that decision yet. Right now I’m feeling good, I’m feeling proud, I’m on a high right now and I think I can do it. If I need to do it I would do it, but I need a little more time to make that decision.”
“I know I can out-tough anyone in this division. I went against the craziest madman in the lightweight division and I out-toughed him,” Melendez said. “I can beat anyone in my weight class and I feel like I’m the uncrowned champ and the No. 1 lightweight in the world.”
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