Following a likely candidate for Fight of the Year between Diego Sanchez (pictured) and Gilbert Melendez at UFC 166, Melvin Guillard took to Twitter to say that he would drop either one of the fighters. Diego Sanchez has responded, calling Guillard a liar and turning the argument around on the former Jackson’s MMA fighter, claiming that a number of teammates would drop Guillard.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
UFC lightweight fighter Diego Sanchez spoke on ‘The MMA Hour’ recently about his latest fight, a three-round burner against Gilbert Melendez. The fight was incredible, and both fighters demonstrated their heart and toughness – especially Sanchez, who, despite losing the unanimous decision, fought to the bell with significant damage to his face.
Yet the fight drew criticism from a former teammate of Sanchez, and it is upon that drama that the lightweight fighter focused his discussion on. Following the fight, Melvin Guillard took to Twitter to say that he would have dropped either Sanchez or Melendez in the fight, citing his ability to “drop Diego Sanchez in practice all the time” as validation of skills.
“Oh my God, this guy, too,” Sanchez said to Ariel Helwani about Guillard. “These guys want to run their mouths. And, you know what it is? They just want attention. They see a guy like me fighting my ass off in the cage getting all the fans attention, because even in a loss, people talk more about me than Gilbert Melendez because it was my heart that made that fight exciting. If it wasn’t for my heart and me coming forward and going for it, that fight wouldn’t have been what it was. These guys see that and they see the attention that I’m getting and they try to talk their way into the spotlight.
“I was cool with Melvin Guillard before he said that. Here is the thing with Melvin, okay. The guy is an awesome athlete, he is really good, explosive and really fast; but the dude has got a questionable chin. I’m telling you, I’ve seen everybody in the gym drop him. I’ve dropped him two times with a straight left. And that’s true, I am not lying. The guy has a questionable chin. Joe Stevenson dropped him with a jab. Joe Lauzon dropped him with a jab. He doesn’t have an iron chin like me. For him to say he dropped me all the time is a bunch of bullshit. You can ask Mike Winkeljohn, you can ask Greg Jackson, you can ask anybody in the gym that was actually there. The coaches are going to say they can’t remember they saw the last time Diego get dropped, but, Adlan Amagov dropped me with a kick, a liver kick, that was the hardest I’ve ever been kicked. But, yeah, I don’t get dropped very much. If it is, it’s with a body kick or something like that.
“But, it’s part of the sport. For him to say he drops me all the time, that is the biggest, untrue biggest shit I’ve ever heard in my life. I feel sorry for Melvin that he has to drop that low to bring himself up, or try to bring himself up because it really makes him look stupid. Because he’s lying. I think the guy is just lost because he can’t find a camp. He’s here, he’s there, he’s moving from Albuquerque to Houston to Dallas to Denver to Top Team. He has a lot of talent but I don’t know what will make him talk crap about me.”
While it would seem likely that these two would square off against one another next, both men seem destined, at least in the immediate future, in other directions. Following UFC 166, Sanchez appears to be looking for a fight against Nate Diaz, teammate to Melendez. As for Melvin Guillard, his recent fight against Ross Pearson ended in a No Contest due to illegal strikes from Guillard. The two will most likely rematch in the near future.
Meanwhile, Sanchez and Guillard have seemed to patch things up on Twitter for the time being.Tags: diego sanchez, Gilbert Melendez, Melvin Guillard, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, UFC 166, UFC FIGHT NIGHT 30, ufc news