Melendez: I want the UFC belt

by Michael David Smith | source: mmafighting.com
 

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez sat down with UFC President Dana White recently and put it out there that he'd love to get a crack at the UFC lightweight title.

"I just wanted to discuss my future with the organization," Melendez said Monday on The MMA Hour. "It looks like I have a good future. ... I just expressed that I want to fight the best."

Although Melendez described himself as a loyal Strikeforce fighter who still has four fights left on his contract, he made no secret of the fact that his ultimate goal in the sport is to be the champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

"The UFC title is the best belt," he said. "I want that belt and I want it as soon as possible."

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Gordo1581 site profile image  

10/11/11 8:11 PM by Gordo1581

Come again?

Ep32nv site profile image  

10/10/11 10:51 PM by Ep32nv

It kind if has to be this way.If any Strikeforce champ came over and took the UFC belt it would look like Strikeforce had the best fighter in that weight class.

ThatsHowIRoll site profile image  

10/10/11 10:44 PM by ThatsHowIRoll

 I think Gil should have one warm up fight in the UFC before he gets the shot, not because he doesn't deserve it stright away but moreso based on the way the other strikeforce converts have gone and to give him an intro into fighting in the UFC before the hype of a title fight.

Delorian site profile image  

10/10/11 8:59 PM by Delorian

Lauzon vs. Melendez.  Make it happen Dana. 

Ep32nv site profile image  

10/10/11 8:57 PM by Ep32nv

The way it works is Frankie give the belt to Dana before the fight. So your right Gilbert will technically get the belt from Dana.How could you possibly believe that Gil has no chance at taking that belt?

Mr. Blonde site profile image  

10/10/11 8:52 PM by Mr. Blonde

No offense to Gilbert he is immensley talented, but he's not getting that belt as long as Frankie is holding it...

chuckles1 site profile image  

10/10/11 8:50 PM by chuckles1

Strikeforce put that tweet up and its been silent ever since. Really hoping the make whatever announcement they're going to make today. And man do I hope it's him moving to the UFC

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

10/10/11 8:41 PM by Gnarls Gnarlington

it's happening!

MMALOGIC site profile image  

10/10/11 4:42 PM by MMALOGIC

 Melendez's next fight is in the UFC.

chuckles1 site profile image  

10/10/11 4:41 PM by chuckles1

Oh man!