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Friday, 12/23/2011, 01:36 pm

UFC NEWS – Poll Results: Should the UFC Acquire Gilbert Melendez?

Our latest polling here at BJPENN.COM asked readers if you thought the UFC should sign Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez following his successful title defense over Jorge Masvidal last weekend.

After tallying the totals it appears that the majority of MMA fans do indeed think that Gilbert belongs in the UFC contender picture.

With 2,113 votes on our latest poll 78.6% (1,660 votes) of you think that Gilbert Melendez should make the jump over to the UFC. However out of those who cast to have Gilbert join the Frankie Edgars and Benson Henderson’s of the world only 40.4 percent think he has a chance at obtaining a UFC title. The other 807 votes (38.2%) think he is UFC caliber but not exactly good enough to get the title.

16.3% (344 votes) of voters think that the UFC should test the Team Cesar Gracie fighter by bringing in a top UFC lightweight to Strikeforce before deciding on Gilbert’s final destination and 5.2% (109 votes) are not sold on him being UFC caliber at all.

Gilbert Melendez is one of the final remaining top 10 fighters not under the UFC banner. With only two professional losses to his credit (both of which he avenged) he is widely considered in the top three of the lightweight division. But who has he fought?

His critics, although few, point to the fact that he has not faced enough ranked opponents to derive at his placement and only a jump to the UFC can solve that. However, with the UFC’s new policy of keeping Strikeforce fighters where they are, it may be a while before we can figure out where his talent ceiling is.

Thanks for voting.

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18 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Poll Results: Should the UFC Acquire Gilbert Melendez?”

  1. noway says:

    Hmmmmm………the more fighters that are taken out of strikeforce the smaller of a chance it has in surviving, they’re taking all the fighters out little by little, pretty sad, but everyone was aware this was gonna happen once the ufc purchased strikeforce and we all know everything that comes out of dana whites mouth is as truthful as any politician. He’s the mma antichrist, he’s the antifight.

    • steve says:

      my prediction is strikeforce will be gone by 2013. coker will collect a very nice paycheck and retire.

    • dave says:

      the anti fight ??? my do now if there were no dana white the ufc would not be around anymore…dana made mma what it is today..

    • DewYouKnow8 says:

      Strikeforce should turn to a ring and send the TUF cast to it after the show and every couple years call up the best guys that have improved the most to the UFC. Btw, I think Melendez would lose his hype and credibility in the UFC unless he won the belt. (which imo I dont think he could, though I think he could certainly be a constant contender)

  2. G says:

    He has defended the Strikeforce Lightweight Title three times, go ahead and bring him over. Give some competition to the Lightweight Title here in the UFC.

  3. danriverapv says:

    i still dont see how he didnt destroy masvidal… hes on another level compared to him and he got all cut up but picked masvidal apart and rode a decision. ? wtf.
    oh and bring him to the UFC. wont get the title but will be a force.

  4. slacker says:

    Send Evan Dunham over. He’ll take care of the guy.

  5. jbeamazing says:

    that is the dumbest poll of all time why wasn’t it 100% mma fans are still missing knowledge

  6. Taimanglo says:

    Let him in the UFC. He deserves it.

  7. KingGareth says:

    He can be the big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond.

  8. jbeamazing says:

    who in the ufc is seeing gil maybe edger maybe but if he is a position that gray had him in at anytime in the fight he would finish gray can’t finish a happy meal ufc light weight is weak besides bendo,edger,and gay maynerd

    yup gay maynerd

    gil would be just fine at the top of that list where he belongs

  9. desmond says:

    gil can hang with anyone in the world at 155. Would love to see him fight in the ufc, but it looks like we will have to wait a bit. i do think he has what it takes to win the title once he gets his chance.

  10. 808 says:

    I would like to see Melendez go up against Florian or Lauzon before he is considered for title contention.

  11. danriverapv says:

    808 i want to see him versus Ken Flo.

  12. A.James says:

    Send in the Ken Flo!

  13. Jeremy says:

    I think the UFC should quire gilbert Melendez to the UFC to show that he is not what he is hyped to be. Gilbert Melendez will have trouble with a lot of fighters in the UFC lightweight division. I Ibelieve a guy like Anthony Pettis would give him trouble with his striking and improved wrestling. Guida, Maynard, Guillard with his quickness boxing and wrestling ,I mean there are a lot of guys that are gonna prove that are gonna prove that Melendez is not as good as his mouth says he is. He a good fighter,but he’s got chicken legs that are gonna get kicked and taken down. His boxing is not that great, he got picked apart in his last fight by a guy only using a jab. I believe he’s a a middle of the pack UFC light weight fighter.Time will tell so I say bring him to the UFC.

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