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Gilbert Melendez confirms clash with Diego Sanchez

Gilbert Melendez confirms clash with Diego Sanchez

No date has been set, but MMA fans are in for a treat at some point this fall thanks to recent confirmation from UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez regarding a future fight with Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez. Both men are in the hunt for top contendership and could make a major move up the ladder with a convincing victory come showtime.

Melendez spoke about the match-up in an interview with Bleacher Report, crediting the matchmaking team for an opportunity to shine against a star like Sanchez.

“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,” said Melendez.

“I’m getting proper notice for a fight and there is no juggling opponents. I feel like the UFC is giving me a lot of respect by doing things this way. I know not every fighter gets that kind of notice, but I appreciate they are letting me know what is coming ahead of time. It’s great to feel that kind of respect from them,” he elaborated. “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.”

The 31-year old Melendez is 21-3 with eleven knockouts notched on his record. He shined in defeat in his UFC debut last April, falling via Split Decision to champion Benson Henderson. Sanchez is 24-5 and made his return to the lightweight division last March after a series of scraps at 170 pounds.


    Please don’t get injured you two-should be a great fight-controlled emotion Melendez vs the tasmanian devil like Diego

  • Dufresne says:

    Hopefully “Nightmare” will show up and make this a war. I know he hates that nickname these days due to personal reasons, but “The Dream” has looked like crap lately. I want the old Diego back.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    It’ll be good to see how Gil comes back from a stumble after being dominate as a champ, some fighters aren’t able to do it

  • MCM says:

    I wouldn’t say he was “dominant” AO. For as many people that said he won the Bendo fight, just as many thought he lost his last fight with Thompson. That said, I don’t think the loss will change him much. And even though Diego has only had one convincing win since 2009, I still think he’s a good test for the former champ.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Oh he lost the fight against Thompson. But he was SF’s most dominate LW champ, so in that respects it fits. It might not change him much, but people said the same thing about Franklin too, you just never know until after it happens.

  • MCM says:

    I thought he lost Both fights. But he wasn’t destroyed like Franklin. I guess the only way to find out is to see how he fights.


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