Gil Melendez not bolting to the UFC

by John Morgan | source:

Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez doesn't yet know when he'll fight next, but Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says it won't not be in the UFC.

"Right now, there are no other fighters that are going to go over there," Coker said. "We expect him to continue fighting in Strikeforce and getting ready for a fight in the fall.

"Personally, I think all these guys should fight each other. But where and when, if that happens, it will be down the line. We're going to keep everything separate for right now."

"When Nick was working his way over to the UFC, we had talks with Cesar. It was quite a process. That was a very unique situation because of the boxing allowance – that we allowed him to box. That's how it ended up working out the way it did.

"The idea was to keep him in MMA, and Nick used that as a little chip. … Gilbert doesn't have a boxing provision in his agreement."

Jorge Masvidal established himself as a top contender with a recent decision win over former EliteXC champion K.J. Noons. While Coker in June called Masvidal a "frontrunner" for a shot at Melendez, the Strikeforce exec insists the fight is still not official.

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JohnMatrix site profile image  

7/6/11 9:14 AM by JohnMatrix

Ugh, they're gonna kill Strikeforce regardless, so Gil should move sooner rather than later. He's wasting his athletic prime in Strikeforce.

mofit site profile image  

7/6/11 8:40 AM by mofit

if dana hears a demand with a fight vs. a ufc fighter same things gonna happen that happened with diaz. danas gonna get the last word and make it happen

ratpug site profile image  

7/6/11 8:37 AM by ratpug

title reads like he has some say so in the matter.

TheThrill site profile image  

7/6/11 8:10 AM by TheThrill

lol? none of the wrestle-boxers have diverse/good enough striking to beat him standing up,hes not gettin submitted,and hes not gettin outhustled like he did when he lost,if hes motivated,which he seems to be right nowdont even say guillard,hed get smashed,and to be honest i think the only one he wouldnt win handily would be frankie edgar,just cuz frankies so fast

JBob300 site profile image  

7/6/11 8:01 AM by JBob300

Who would ever call Nick Diaz any less then one of the most intelligent fighters out there should be killed.Hahahaha boxing FTW

kingwank site profile image  

7/5/11 4:42 PM by kingwank

I think it would probably make more sense for UFC to loan some quality fighters to Strikeforce rather than pick off the cream of SF and insert it with what's already at UFC.

shielja site profile image  

7/5/11 4:06 PM by shielja

melendez vs guillard would be an awesome match

shielja site profile image  

7/5/11 4:06 PM by shielja

melendez vs guillard would be an awesome match

Ice Cubes on Kiriks Nipples site profile image  

7/5/11 3:56 PM by Ice Cubes on Kiriks Nipples

to be honest he'd lose his 1st fight to anyone in the top 5 in the UFC, smart move sticking in SF