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Saturday, 10/19/2013, 11:29 pm

Dana White Confirms Melendez Back In “The Mix” With Victory Over Sanchez


In front of a sold out crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez put on a Fight of the Year Candidate that brought everyone in the arena to their feet. While unranked Diego Sanchez rose to the occasion and impressed the crowd and UFC brass alike, Gilbert Melendez was the only one who had his hand raised adding another win to his already impressive record.

At the press conference, Dana White stated that it was a good thing for Melendez that Ben Henderson lost his championship to Anthony Pettis, because now Melendez is right back in the UFC Lightweight Contender mix.

Back in April 2013 at “UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez”, Gilbert Melendez failed to dethrone then-champion Ben Henderson losing the fight by split decision. Henderson’s next defense would be his last, however, as Anthony Pettis would defeat him for a second time in his career, this time becoming the UFC Lightweight Champion.

Had Henderson retained, it would be unlikely for Dana White to grant Gilbert Melendez a rematch against him after a single victory over an unranked fighter. When taking fighting styles into consideration now, Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez is appealing and could lead to major PPV buys.

Melendez lost a close bout to Henderson, then rebounded with an exciting victory over Diego Sanchez. Do you believe he deserves to be next in line for a UFC Lightweight Title shot?

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10 Comments to Dana White Confirms Melendez Back In “The Mix” With Victory Over Sanchez

  1. Gee says:

    Man, LW division is so stacked!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. mean170 says:

    In my opinion, I don’t think Pettis would want to fight Gil or Diego. Both like to put a ton of pressure on their opponents, and are willing to take a shot to give one. Pettis matches up better with guys that want to strike from the outside, which he’s better at. The guys that want to make it a war will do better against Pettis. That being said, Josh Thomson is being set up for a highlight reel KO.

    • UFC 84 Forever says:

      They showed his face during the PPV – you could see intimidation in his eyes, he wasn’t sure he could handle either guys fighter spirit. He probably couldn’t handle El Nino’s wrestling.

  3. KIDD433 says:

    That was a hell of a fight! Glad he’s getting a title shot, well warranted. Both men put on a hell of a show, showed heart, hunger and perseverance. That’s what earns the UFC more fans. That’s what happens when you pit 2 Mexicans against each other and lock ‘em in the octagon!

  4. Thesire says:

    What a war!! Thinking about that fight still gets me pumped. Diego brought it and Gil gave it right back. I seriously think Gil would give pettis a lot of problems and we would probably end up with Thompson vs Melendez 4

  5. Dddddddddd says:

    Ya know that was a great fight but I wasn’t impressed all that much as far as a clean technical performance. It was a slobber knockin mess. Why is everyone acting like a win over Diego is a super big deal. Just two days before their fight everyone was knockin Diego for not winning his last two fights. I think everyone’s jumping on the hype train. If you can’t recognize how much cleaner of a fighter Pettis is I don’t know what to say to you. Thompson is a hell of a match for Pettis and I think poses more of a threat. If you brought that sloppy as$ shit to either Pettis or Thompson they would stop you. Thompson beat Melendez in their last outing and everyone knows it. He was a step ahead for most of the fight.
    Gill is one of my favorites but you guys are in the clouds about what their fight means in the devision. Let’s talk about who’s performances are getting cleaner and better.

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