Strikeforce Champ Gilbert Melendez Next on UFC’s Wish List

Written by Tim Ngo
October 2nd, 2011

Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez

It appears as though Zuffa’s plan to slowly bring Strikeforce’s top talent to the UFC is picking up some serious steam. UFC president Dana White said the promotion is currently looking into adding 155-pound champion Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) to its roster.

“We do want to bring Gilbert Melendez over, and we’re looking at it right now,” White told reporters following “UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson.”

“El Niño” has been vocal in his desire to join the UFC’s lightweight division and fight for the title.

White seems ready to make Melendez’s dream a reality and add him to the already-growing list of Strikeforce fighters that have migrated to the UFC.

“We’re looking to bring in Gilbert Melendez over ASAP,” White continued.

When asked who he’ll face once he enters the Octagon, White took the wait and see approach with the Frankie Edgar/Gray Maynard trilogy on the verge of being completed.

“The thing is, with that division, it’s so stacked there’s a lot of possibilities,” explained White. “Like a guy like Melvin Guillard – do you put him against him for the thing? Do you throw him right into the title? I don’t know.”

Alistair Overeem, Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson and Cung Le have already made the move and it appears Melendez will join them in the very near future.

Interestingly enough, you can see Gilbert Melendez’s bio page on UFC.com by clicking HERE.

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