MMA NEWS – Coker Picks Melendez Over Edgar In Hypothetical Champ vs. Champ Match
“I believe he is the No. 1 lightweight in the world. Believe me, those other guys, I take nothing away from them. Listen, styles make fights, and I’m really looking at Frankie Edgar and Gilbert, that match-up as to who would win that fight and how that fight would look. Ben Henderson, Cowboy Cerrone, all those guys are extremely talented, but like I said styles make fights. I think Gilbert and Frankie would be a great fight, but I think Gilbert would come out on top.”
In this clip from an unaired edition of mmaweekly radio, Strikeforce boss, Scott Coker talks about the hypothetical champion vs. champion bout between UFC division king, Frankie Edgar and his Strikeforce counterpart, Gilbert Melendez.
It is common to place the UFC champion in each division as the number one ranked fighter in their respective weight class; However Gilbert Melendez has made a case over the years to be the exception to that rule.
Still, he has yet to face ranked opponents in his time under the Strikeforce banner and while many believe he is the best, there will always be an asterisk next to his name until he makes the jump to the UFC and proves it.