UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez came close to beating champion Benson Henderson last night at UFC on FOX 7 but couldn’t quite seal the deal. Though the bout was ultimately ruled a Split Decision, Melendez thinks he could have turned in a much better performance had he not decided to ease up on his adversary at points in the pairing.

Melendez spoke about the scrap to reporters at the post-event press conference where he admitted coasting at times based on confidence.

MMAJunkie was on hand and captured Melendez’s comments:

“I took my foot off the gas a little bit after the second. The third was close, but I thought I came strong. I thought it was going to come down to the last round, and I thought I won the last round.”

“That's my own fault, but I totally felt like I turned it up in the fifth, and I thought I won that. But took my foot off the gas. He adjusted pretty well, as well.”

“I'm just happy to be working for (the UFC). This is what I've been waiting for my whole career. I've just got to look at it as this is a dream come true just to be here right now.”


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