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Wednesday, 12/28/2011, 01:25 pm

MMA NEWS – Noons Next for Melendez?


With Noons and Melendez coming off of recent victories in the Strikeforce organization, fans and media press are inquiring about a possible match for the lightweight championship.

“I think Gilbert’s a great champion,” Noons told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I think he’s definitely one of the best. Styles make fights. I think I’m getting better as a fighter just all around, everywhere. I think I match up well.”

“He was very successful with the jab,” Noons said of Masvidal. “I don’t think he did enough to win the fight. I personally don’t think Gil would stand that much with me. I think [Melendez] has a great ground game too. I think he would go wherever his advantage is.”

Whether or not these tactics would be implemented remains to be seen as Melendez also voiced interest in fighting UFC lightweights.

However, Zuffa and the UFC announced that it intends to sustain the Strikeforce brand, implying that a Strikeforce and UFC crossover fight would not happen anytime soon.

“The UFC said they’re going to build it and make it successful,” Noons said. “We’ll just kind of see what they do. Every time they say they’re going to do something, they do it. We’ll kind of see where it goes from there. I think as long as I can progress as a fighter and get better and put exciting fights on, and as long as I win, I’ll have a job somewhere, under Strikeforce or UFC.”

A quick glance at the Strikeforce roster suggests an inevitable bout between the two fighters in the future. However, since KJ Noons lost to Masvidal this past June, is he deserving of a fight against the lightweight champion?

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