Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez recently told MMAWeekly that he only has one fight left under his current Strikeforce agreement. He made it clear that he would love to avenge his losses to current champion Josh Thomson and Mitsuhiro Ishida, but that won’t be the determining factor as to whether or not he stays.
“I really do like Strikeforce, I think they’re a great organization and they took care of me, but I have other goals too, other dreams,” Melendez said.
When asked about leaving for the UFC, Melendez responded by saying, “there’s a big chance (of it happening).” Melendez wants to test himself against the world’s best, and he’ll decide where that is when the time comes.
Melendez still doesn’t know if his next fight will be on November 21st or not. For now, he’s focusing on the new unnamed gym that he just opened up in San Francisco.