“With Gilbert, we’re going to take a look at what Pat Healy does next. We don’t know who he’s fighting next but we’re going to definitely put him in there with someone tough to see how he does. By the time Gilbert fights again, either we’re going to sign somebody to come in and fight him or we’re going to take another look at Pat and see if he’s the right guy… Come on over to Strikeforce, (Eddie Alvarez), let’s do the Melendez fight. That would be fantastic. I think that he’s a guy who is extremely talented that we would love to have in Strikeforce to fight Gilbert. It would be great. … If he is a free agent and he is really free of any contractual relations, make the call. Eddie, come on down, let’s put the Melendez fight together.”
In a recent interview with mmafighting.com Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker touched on many topics, one of which was who is next for his lightweight champion.
The Alvarez vs. Melendez fight is one long talked about. With both men being the only two long time occupiers of the top 10 not under the UFC banner this clash has made sense for a long time. But can ZUFFA pull Alvarez into the fight or will they opt to put him straight into the UFC’s shark tank?
You can check out the full interview HERE or jump to page 2.