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Gilbert Melendez extends relationship with Strikeforce

It looks like fans hoping to one-day see “Top 3” lightweight Gilbert Melendez inside the UFC’s Octagon will be kept waiting until at least 2012, as Strikeforce announced earlier today the organization had reached terms with “El Nino” on a contract extension keeping him under their banner for the foreseeable future. While specifics of the deal were not mentioned it was referred to in an official press release as “multi-year”.

“Strikeforce is my home, they’ve always been like family to me and I’m looking forward to continuing my career with them,” said Melendez of the decision to prolong his partnership with the promotion.

Melendez holds an overall record of 18-2 but been out of action since April due to a suspension resulting from his role in the infamous post-fight brawl at “Strikeforce: Nashville” and a desire to spend time with his newborn daughter.

“There are a lot of great fights out there for me – lots of challenges. I can’t wait to get back into the cage, do my thing and show the world that I’m still at the top of my game,” explained the 28-year old Californian who also made it clear he didn’t have anyone in particular on his mind in terms of a contender to his Strikeforce title.

“It doesn’t matter who I fight. I just want to get back in there and rip.”

Prior to his in-ring hiatus Melendez had won four straight fights including victories over Josh Thomson, Mitsuhiro Ishida, and most recently Shinya Aoki. Additionally, he holds past wins over Tatsuya Kawajiri and Clay Guida as well the notable distinction of never having been finished in his career with both losses being the result of a decision.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

5 COMMENTS
  • Rece Rock says:

    Good for SF, good for Gilbert… Now who are these challenges and great fights he speaks of?

  • MCM says:

    I do not understand team Thuglife. Wasn’t Gilbert just bitching that SF wasn’t giving him fights? Wasn’t he complaining about being put on the shelf while everyone else was getting called out?
    Ah well. If he’s happy with the new contract good for him. He’s one of the best fighters in SF so if they were to loose him it would be a huge blow to their roster outside the HW division.
    Maybe Coker finally agreed to do the superfight with Bellator.

  • Rece Rock says:

    “…Coker finally agreed to do the superfight with Bellator.”

    We can only hope…

  • LiverPunch says:

    I don’t know about you guys but Noons , Thomson , Kawajiri , Aoki , JZ , Ishida , Melendez , Beerbohm , Healy , Wilcox , Kikuno and more than just a few others is a very good division if I may include some DREAM fighters. Hey it isn’t the UFC but come on guys , it isn’t the UFC. I too hope that the Alvarez vs Melendez fight happens and Rebney and Coker are kissing and making up but I am not holding my breath. I actually think that when they call Alvarez the best in the world that they may be right. I like Melendez too and think that both are better fighters than Edgar or Maynard. Just my opinion. Both SF and Bellator have good LWs and I hope that an agreement can be made. I think if M1 , DREAM , Strikeforce , Bellator and a few smaller organizations like WVR , Shark Fights or DEEP can agree to share fighters that the fighters will have a legitimate option other than the UFC. The money will be there , the opportunities will be there and most important of all the opponents will be there.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    hope he fights more than once this year

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