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“As of now I’m just going to have to deal with the criticism,” Melendez said. “I’m damned if I do, damned if I don’t in my situation right now. I don’t even want to preach that I’m the number one fighter in the world anymore. I just want to go do my thing in Strikeforce, and if somehow that opportunity comes up where I can prove it and fight some of the top talent, then I’m definitely up for it. But as of now, I’m going to be doing my thing here. I’m happy with Strikeforce and I’m happy with Showtime overall. Just sometimes you want different talent, but I’m happy overall.”

At times it has looked as if Melendez would make the jump to the UFC. For now, though, his home is Strikeforce

“It’s tough, man, but right now at least I know I’m going to be in Strikeforce,” he said. “It was a little more tough when you think you might be going and you don’t know what’s going on. You have hopes. You have mixed emotions. Now I know I’m in Strikeforce and I know what I’m dealing with. I’m going to be up for my next fight. I’m going to be up for it.”

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 After that last fight with Thompson I can't say that I blame him.
6/6/12 9:40 AM
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I'm not.

I want to see you in the big show.

Stay healthy!
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"I'm happy in Strikeforce.
*AHEM*
I said I am happy in Strikeforce!"

Ka- Ching!!! Phone Post
6/6/12 10:00 AM
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You have to think it's a money thing, worried what could happen to his value with loss. It's really tough to say where he sits in the division but I'm definitely disappointed to hear he wants to stay there.
I could assume nate rising up the ranks in the division could have to do with his reluctance also. Phone Post
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 I think Josh Thompson beat a little reality into him that maybe he isnt the best LW in the world... and maybe it is better being a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
 
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the top ten LW in the ufc will take this kids lunch money and he knows it!!
6/6/12 10:37 AM
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Big fish in a small pond. Also it gives Militech the chance to go against the UFC by claiming Melendez is the #1 LW, and if you disagree with him you're simply a Zuffa shill who hasn't fought like he has, so your opinion is shit.
6/6/12 11:13 AM
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MMALOGIC -  I think Josh Thompson beat a little reality into him that maybe he isnt the best LW in the world... and maybe it is better being a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
 

 
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Josh Thomson is a tough fight for almost anyone, so underrated, when healthy which is his biggest issue in his career the guy can beat anyone

People who use Josh as an example to knock Gil are silly
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He knew where the best LW fighters were and chose to stay away from them.
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willienugget - I'm sure Gil wants to be in the UFC. Since that just isn't going to happen for three more fights, it doesn't do him any good to think about that right now.

If anything, I think he learned that you can't just ho-hum your way through even marginal talent.

 Spot on.
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liquidrob - Josh Thomson is a tough fight for almost anyone, so underrated, when healthy which is his biggest issue in his career the guy can beat anyone

People who use Josh as an example to knock Gil are silly

 This too.
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MMALOGIC -  I think Josh Thompson beat a little reality into him that maybe he isnt the best LW in the world... and maybe it is better being a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
 


Could be.

WHat I didnt like about Gilbert is that he said he couldnt get up fort his fight, wasnt motivated to run and train.

Like you claim to be the best LW, you want UFC to bring you over, you want to make a statement to the world that you are the true king of the LW div and it dont matter who I fight, where I fight, I'm gonna run over dudes.

Especially in this fight, a trap fight, everyone knew this was a trap fight, thats when you should be at your best and he said he couldnt get motivated?

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 Both Thomson and Melendez are some of the very best lightweights in the world. Sorry to shock folks that have just been watching MMA for the last year or two.
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MMALOGIC -  I think Josh Thompson beat a little reality into him that maybe he isnt the best LW in the world... and maybe it is better being a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
 

 
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ABE FROMAN -  After that last fight with Thompson I can't say that I blame him.


This is exactly what I thought when I read title. Glad he isn't trying to say he is best in the world anymore, too.

Also, he has to be looking at what happened to Jake and Nick.

Jake - the whole team always said he is our best fighter. They don't say that anymore. He went from top 2-3 in the divsion to immediately looking terrible against Kampmann, gassing horribly, looking not top-10 and winning a debatable split decision. Then the laughable standup against GSP, coasting to a shutout loss and not really going for the TD, then the quick KO loss.

Nick's fall has not reached the level of Jake's. He couldn't get his stuff together for a HUGE GSP fight, but he did look amazing against BJ. And getting outpointed by Condit is not good. His standing has come down a notch or two since coming to UFC.

I think Melendez would be quickly washed out of the top 5 to lower top 10 in UFC.
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 someone prolly talked to him from showtime..he was making his org seem like shite
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He can say he's happy a million times but it's simply not true. I don't know about the rest of the UFC LW's but he's not better than Nate, no way. Phone Post
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MMALOGIC -  I think Josh Thompson beat a little reality into him that maybe he isnt the best LW in the world... and maybe it is better being a bigger fish in a smaller pond.
 

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Elias Cepeda -  Both Thomson and Melendez are some of the very best lightweights in the world. Sorry to shock folks that have just been watching MMA for the last year or two.



If you consider top 20 fighters in their weight class as some of the very best then you are correct. Melendez had a chance last year to sign with the UFC, and CHOSE Strikeforce. He knows where the top fighters are, which is why he flaps his gums about them. Look at Strikeforce's LW roster at the time and look at the UFC's.

You can't call guys who avoid the big show as the best in the world.
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or maybe, gilbert is trying to make the best out of a shitty situation..

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