Alvarez Convinced Melendez Won’t Stand With Him


Fighters aways say they’re going to stand and go to war, but few rarely do. They usually end up trying to take the fight to the ground when things aren’t going there way. Which of course is fair considering it is MMA, not kickboxing.

UFC lightweight and former Bellator champion thinks this is going to be the case when he fights former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.

Here’s what he had to say to MMAMAnia:

“No, he’s going to shoot first. He’s absolutely going to shoot first. I hit a lot harder than this guy. There’s not a doubt in my mind that he’d be willing to exchange. Do I think that’s an intelligent thing for him to do? No. I think he’ll be willing to exchange, but he’ll shoot. Once he feels my power and once I hit him and catch him, he’ll shoot. I’m going to get him out of there. He’s been talking enough. He’s been saying enough things. I can’t leave it to the judges. I’m in Mexico, fighting a Mexican. It’s not really an option for me to let this fight go 15 minutes.”

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