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Friday, 06/14/2013, 06:37 am

Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez Targeted for Fall Bout

An intriguing lightweight bout between former #1 contender Diego Sanchez (24-5) and former Strikeforce lightweight champion and recent title challenger Gilbert Melendez (21-3) has been rumored and reported by an MMA news outlet.

The bout was said to be set on the UFC 164 but is now said to take place later in the year, perhaps to bolster a free TV card.

Sanchez is coming off of a close split decision win over Takanori Gomi at UFC on FUEL TV: Silva vs. Stann. The bout was hi first fight at lightweight since losing to B.J. Penn in a title lightweight title fight back at UFC 107. This will be the first time that Sanchez has fought twice in a year since 2010 while the last fight of 2010, and his two sole bouts in 2011 and 2012, respectively, have all won ‘Fight of the Night’ honors.

For Melendez and close and controversial split decision loss to lightweight champion Benson Henderson marked the last time the former Strikeforce lightweight champion stepped in the Octagon. Melendez will now look to secure his first win in the UFC and rejuvenate his hopes of a UFC title.

Both men are known for a rather tenacious fight style and bring an intense level of mental focus in to each fight with seemingly little to no motivation besides the fight itself.

 

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7 Comments to Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez Targeted for Fall Bout

  1. This seems like a total mismatch says:

    I think Melendez will tear Diego up. If he does, this might be it for Diego as far as MMA is concerned.

    • Jujitsu Player says:

      Ditto….the match up makes no sense for Gil who IMO should be holding the belt right now. At the minimum he should get a fight with another top contender then straight back in against Henderson

  2. magoo says:

    Never count out Diego…. He always brings it!

  3. 757 says:

    Agree with magoo+1

  4. YoMama says:

    I was hoping they would feed Sanchez to Nate Diaz, but Milendez is just as good. Milendez should be champ and fighting a higher contender, but I cant wait to see a BJ Penn style Diego Sanchez beat down. This should be fun.

  5. Dana Is Greedy says:

    This does suck for El Nino, but it will be entertaining.I doubt he’ll get rematch if he beats Diego.I hope we don’t get Josh vs Gill 4 I can see the match up coming…

  6. KIDD433 says:

    This is a dumb match up considering the judges were smoking Sherm when they gave Diego the bullshit robbery win over Gomi.Gomi beat Diego’s ass,there was nothing close about that fight.Same thing with the decision when Diego fought Kampman.There’s no reason Diego should be fighting a top contender.Plenty of better match ups for Gil.

  7. KIDD433 says:

    Not even a good match up either

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