Gil Melendez wants to avenge his homie Nate Diaz
UFC President Dana White said recently that Gil Melendez may get a title bout with lightweight champion Benson Henderson in his first UFC fight.
Melendez is game for obvious reasons, not the least of which is Henderson recently beat Gil’s friend and teammate, Nate Diaz.
“Benson is an amazing fighter, tough guy,” said Melendez. “Initially I wasn’t too impressed with his WEC days, but as soon he made his first appearance in the UFC, in I think Toronto, Canada against Bocek, I was really impressed. I’ve seen him improving ever fight since.
“He is an impressive guy, but I match up very well with him, and I think I can beat him.
“You’re hurt because your buddy lost, and I feel like Nate didn’t perform his best. He had some things going on. Benson did pop him in the eye. You want to whip the dudes ass, you want to beat him up. You want to avenge your team, avenge your homie, but much respect to the guy. Nothing personal, but you want a piece of him.”