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Strikeforce Champ Melendez Wants Eddie Alvarez Thrown His Way | MMA NEWS


“Yeah, Eddie is someone that I have respected for a long time and I would definitely welcome that. But you know, as much as I try to get excited for these and try to make these things happen, right now, I am trying not to get involved in that. I really don’t have that much say. I just let the promoters do it and hey, the power of the media, maybe you guys can help me out with that and the fans can make demands. But someone like Eddie would definitely interest me and definitely would motivate me. It’s nothing I am going to try to push for or waist my time over, but anything would be cool. I am up for whomever right now. I want to stay busy and fight for my fans, fight for my team and fight for my family, so it doesn’t matter who, I will take whoever right now.”

In a recent interview with mmaweekly.com, the always in Strikeforce limbo, Gilbert Melendez discusses his thoughts on former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

Currently Alvarez is the only top lightweight not signed to the ZUFFA banner, however that is likely to change in the very near future.

Check out what Gil had to say about a rematch with Josh Thomson and possible fight with fellow Strikeforce fighter Pat Healy on page 2.

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On a fourth fight with Josh Thomson:
“I have no interest right now, you know what I mean? Everyone was like, ‘Let’s close the book on this,’ and we did. I won two out of three and it is what it is. People can be mad and people can say whatever, but it’s over in my book. I am looking for new things, you never know what happens in the future. Maybe it’s going to come around again, and if it does, so be it.”

On Pat Healy as his possible next contender:
“Pat (Healy) is a guy that is pretty deserving, it’s just hard to say that I am fighting a top ten guy. I think he’s a tough dude. The thing I like about him is that he is new blood. He is a different style and a different look for me and I get to work on different things and get to show skills in different areas. Just fighting new blood is exciting for me at this point. That would motivate me more than the last fight.”

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