Gilbert Melendez on His Future with Strikeforce

Written by Tom Ngo
November 22nd, 2008

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez is one of the most exciting and dangerous fighters in the world. Although he currently holds an impressive 14-2 record, he has dropped two of his last three bouts. He lost his title to Josh Thomson in dominating fashion in his last outing. With only one more fight remaining on his Strikeforece deal, Melendez can’t help but think about his future.

“I have one fight left with Strikeforce. I really do like Strikeforce, I think they’re a great organization and they took care of me,” Melendez stated. “But I have other goals too, other dreams. I do want to get my payback against Josh (Thomson) and (Mitsuhiro) Ishida, that’s awesome that they’re there too, but I’m just going to make sure I do really good on my next fight and then I’m going to weigh out all my options.”

Most people are out there seeking job security, especially in today’s economy. However, Melendez is looking forward to his impending freedom.

“It’s going to feel good to be a free agent after this fight and see what I can do,” he says.

The obvious question is, will he jump ship for the UFC to take advantage of their unmatched exposure and their rich pool of 155-pound talent?

“There’s a big chance,” he said. “That’s an organization I’ve always liked to be a part of and a lot of the guys in there I would want to fight. A lot of those guys motivate me. It’s motivating to test yourself in front of the world. That’s the most motivating thing about going to the UFC is that you really get to showcase yourself.”

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