Melendez On Iaquinta — ‘Better fight him now, before he gets better’

Gilbert Melendez

“No, I would’ve taken it against anybody, as long as it wasn’t a five-rounder. I’m interested for 15 minutes, let’s do it. I think Al is a tough guy. He’s one of those guys that I feel like I might as well get now before he gets even better. He is one of the up and comers that I have been keeping an eye on. I really respect his style, he fights with a lot of heart and he’s a striker, shooter. It kind of made sense. I don’t think he’s a walk in the park, that’s for sure. I mean, no one is nowadays. Everybody in the 155-pound division from one to 20 is a tough dude and can have a good night on any night. I think it’s definitely a challenge. Again, I’m not getting any younger and I just want to get out there and get some fights.”

UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez talked on The MMA Hour about his short notice fight with Al Iaquinta. He took the fight after Bobby Green was injured and says he should take out Iaquinta now before he gets even better.

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