By Jamie McAllister
Gilbert Melendez in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio.
Melendez comments on how he felt when he was initially matched with Josh Thompson as well as his goals in the sport.
“Initially, I wasn’t the most thrilled about it, but it is what it is. I’m cool with it. Now that I accepted that it’s going down, I’m looking forward to the challenge,”
“I’ve got my motivation. I just look to my family, I look to my team, I look to my fans, and those people that really support me in what I’m doing. I just have to re-think my goals a little bit. My goal was to become the UFC champ and that might be put on hold for a little bit,”
“So now my goal is to do my best, become a better mixed martial artist, and put on a show for the fans, and represent my team well. That’s what motivates me and so does the paycheck, so let’s do it.”
“Of course I want to finish Josh. I want bad intentions towards him; I want to destroy this guy. I want to make a statement,”
“But if a great fighter shows up and it’s a war, then it’s a war. I don’t plan on sitting back and cruising through a victory, sitting on a lead or something like that. I want to take some risks and I plan on it.”