Gilbert Melendez Ready To Rise Through The UFC Ranks And Prove He’s Number 1
“It’s exciting that the boss definitely wants me over to the UFC, because it’s definitely a good move for me. As far as I’m concerned (Jorge) Masvidal is the next guy on my list, and I’m focusing 100-percent on him, so before I get too excited, I’m just focusing on tearing that guy up. But definitely my goal is to be in the UFC, so if we can get that there sooner than later, I’m all for it. Basically, it would be a phone call from Dana saying drop everything, you’re coming to the UFC. I’d be there in a heartbeat. Money doesn’t really mean nothing at this point, my money’s good. I’m happy with my money. If he told me to come fight for the same price, I would do it… Either way, it’s inevitable. I’m coming for all the 55-pounders and I really want to prove I’m No. 1. It would be nice to get a title shot, but if I need to come through it and work my way up, I’m more than willing. Part of being No. 1 is beating everyone, every match-up. I think I can beat every style out there. It doesn’t really matter to me. Whatever Dana wants. Whatever he wants, I’ll do.”
In a recent discussion with the guys over at MMAweekly.com, Strikeforce champ, Gilbert Melendez talks about Dana White’s recent proclamation that he is UFC bound.
Should the UFC give him an immediate title shot, or make him rise through the lightweight ranks like any new signee?