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12/6/12 11:09 AM
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http://mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/gilbert-melendez-camp-considering-move-to-featherweight-negotiating-with-ufc


The outcome of Saturday's title fight between champ Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz will not only impact the UFC's lightweight division, but possibly its future featherweight class.

Diaz today revealed that Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF) is considering a run at featherweight if the title changes hands on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 5, which takes place at KeyArena in Seattle.

Melendez trainer Cesar Gracie also told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter is negotiating with the UFC on a possible new contract.

Diaz vs. Henderson serves on the event's FOX-televised main card, which follows prelims on FX and Facebook.

Gracie said Melendez, who currently is unable to fight due to a severe shoulder separation suffered in training for a scheduled Sept. 29 fight with Pat Healy, still has fights remaining on his Strikeforce contract, which was inked prior to the promotion's acquisition by UFC parent company Zuffa.

The trainer said negotiations are in the preliminary stages and stressed that nothing was finalized. He added that Melendez would likely stay at lightweight if Diaz is unsuccessful in his challenge of Henderson.

Diaz, meanwhile, said he could fight at lightweight or welterweight should Melendez migrate to the UFC.

"S--t don't go too well for this fight, and Gilbert Melendez is going to be champion for sure," Diaz said. "No doubt in my mind."

Gracie said Melendez is still recovering from the injury and was unsure on a timetable for the fighter's return. He most recently fought in May, when he defeated ex-champ Josh Thomson in a rubber match. He currently enjoys a seven-fight win streak.

Melendez repeatedly lobbied to cross over to the UFC when Strikeforce was acquired by Zuffa, but an agreement between Zuffa and Strikeforce broadcast partner Showtime nixed such a possibility. He was expected to fight on a Jan. 12 event, which is expected to be the final Strikeforce show, but had to again pull out due to his injury.

For more on UFC on FOX 5, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
12/6/12 11:16 AM
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I for one welcome our new featherweight overlord. Phone Post
12/6/12 11:19 AM
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Aldo v Melendez last fight at FW for Aldo if he beats frankie.

That would be a sick fight.
12/6/12 12:04 PM
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They are gunning for thee, Frankie Edgar.
12/6/12 12:07 PM
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XxLiveBaitxX - They are gunning for thee, Frankie Edgar.
This is just untrue. They fight out of friendly camps and you'll never see any of the Caesar Gracie guys call out Frankie. Phone Post
12/6/12 12:12 PM
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This would definitely make FW a lot more intriguing. 

12/6/12 12:22 PM
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XxLiveBaitxX - They are gunning for thee, Frankie Edgar.
This is just untrue. They fight out of friendly camps and you'll never see any of the Caesar Gracie guys call out Frankie. Phone Post

Wasn't just referencing Cesar Gracie, but the influx of fighters that will be arriving from other promotions.

Just remember we might as well be seeing Edgar vs Diaz Saturday if the judges got it right.

Personally, I would like to see Alvarez vs Edgar but I doubt that will happen.
12/6/12 12:25 PM
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I think it would be great as I think Melendez may be a little to short to be the lw champ
12/6/12 1:27 PM
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He was at one time the no. 1 ranked FW in the world before PRIDE signed him.

12/6/12 3:58 PM
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His value to the ufc as a fw is much higher than value as 1 of many LW at the top of the division. Phone Post
12/6/12 6:46 PM
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Yea he was the Shooto 143 pound champion when PRIDE signed him.

12/6/12 7:03 PM
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I'd like to see Aldo move up to 155 and Gil move down to 145.

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