Gilbert Melendez hints UFC switch if Eddie Alvarez fight isn’t made

Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez has decided to turn on the heat on his opportunity to face Bellator FC lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, explaining he’s beaten everyone else and might have to look for a new challenge with the UFC.

With former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Jake Shields lobbying hard for both Melendez and Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz to join him in the UFC, this could very well be a reality in the near future.

Melendez, speaking via Sherdog.com, said:

“I think we’re getting warmer. You guys are talking about it. Everyone’s talking about it. Someone’s going to get backed into a corner. We’re going to figure out why it’s not happening eventually, and that person’s probably going to be cornered in and they’re probably going to have to give in. Because everyone seems like they’re up for it. Bjorn, Scott, Eddie and I. So there’s something going on where we can’t come to an agreement. I think eventually it’s going to come out, and with media and everyone talking about it, I think we’re getting a lot closer and a lot warmer.”

“Obviously Strikeforce is the bigger promotion than Bellator. That could be it. That does seem like it. I’m not sure if it’s [Coker] or what, but I know Scott has co-promoted before. I think if things make sense, it can work out. But yeah, you tell me [what’s preventing the fight]. If you know something I don’t know, let me know.”

“If I’m still with Strikeforce, I think that fight does need to happen. The only other way is if I move on and somehow I’m in the UFC fighting out there. If I beat Josh Thomson again, if I beat Shinya again, it’s not really going to do nothing for my status or to make my spot go up. … That’s why I want this fight.”

“It would mean the world to me. That’s my ultimate goal, to be number one in the world at 155. If I get there, I’ll be very happy. I’ve been working hard and I want to beat all these big names. Eddie Alvarez is one of them. I’m technically ranked above him in the rankings and I still want to fight the guy because I know he’s a tougher matchup. I’m not going to heel hook him in one minute like Shinya Aoki. I know that’s not what’s going to happen. It’s going to be a battle, it’s going to be a war. I’m not OK with just having the journalists put me number two. I really want to prove it myself. I want to beat the one through 10 on my own. I really want to beat them all.”

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