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I don't believe SF outweighs WEC at all. The proof is right there, considering we just saw two WEC guys fighting for #1 Contender status to face the current champion who was ALSO a WEC guy. WEC LW imports were already topping lists while the Strikeforce imports have yet to break top ten. When we see SF guys other than Melendez start dominating the UFC competition, then you can say it outweighs the division Pettis fought in.
Using your own criteria, Gilbert Melendez SHOULD be fighting for the title.
"Considering we just saw two WEC guys fighting for the #1 contender status".
Reminder that the next UFC features former STRIKEFORCE CHAMPION Alistair Overeem fighting Bigfoot, and will get a title shot after he ko's him.
STRIKEFORCE WW Champion Nick Diaz was already scheduled to fight the champion, and has since been rescheduled to face him in March.
Strikeforce MW Champion Luke Rockhold wasn't being talked about as an opponent for Anderson before Chris Weidman was, but even he is now being discusses as a future opponent for Anderson.
Strikeforce womens champion Rhonda Rousey was crowned the champion and will headline for a title fight in her first UFC.
WEC is more relevent than Strikeforce was? I think not, and I think I just made a strong case.
If Gilbert came over to the UFC the same time Nick Diaz did, we wouldn't even be having this discussion. Just because he was locked into a contract and didn't come over until they were bought out, does not mean he should be skipped over. He was in line long before Pettis, and hasn't done anything to be passed over.
Gilbert has gone 2-0 against top lightweights, Pettis=0
2010 Lightweight Rankings=http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2010/3/24/1385562/usat-sbn-march-mma-consensus
Gilbert Melendez=Top 10. Anthony Pettis=not even top 25. Top ten wins for Gilbert against top 10 guys of 2010 till current=4-0. Anthony Pettis=1-0
2011=http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/4/28/2138487/usat-sbn-april-2011-mma-consensus-rankings-lightweight Anthony Pettis cracks the top 10 at #9. Still 5 spots behind Gilbert. keyword=behind
Anthony Pettis moves up a notch at #7 in the top 10, still 4 spots BEHIND Gilbert Melendez.
2013 LW rankings=http://www.mmaweekly.com/lightweight-division-155-pound-limit-mma-top-10
You seem to be forgetting that he LOST 2 years ago, while Gilbert hasn't lost in 4 years.
When Pettis lost to Guida, you didn't have him above Gilbert Melendez, this I know.
Since Pettis beat Benson Henderson, he has gone 3-1, finishing 2 of his 3 wins, while 1 of his wins was split decision against Stephens. You are putting TOO MUCH emphasis on his TWO recent knockout wins of J-Lau and Cerrone. They were impressive knockouts, but do those 2 knock outs really push him above Gilbert?
Since Pettis beat Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez has gone 4-0, all 4 wins against top 10 lws.
Sorry, but after doing work on this matter, I am WAAAY more convinced than I was before, that Gilbert Melendez DEFINITELY is ahead of Pettis in terms of rankings and deserving of a title shot.