Gilbert Melendez Is Back At UFC 166 After War With Diego Sanchez

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez is back in the title mix at 155 pounds after the amazing fight with Diego Sanchez last night at UFC 166 in Houston, Texas. Garnering support from UFC president Dana White, who believes Melendez could fight for the title now and win.

Dana White spoke immediately after the events and had this to say:

“That’s one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. That was a Mexican world war in there tonight. These are two guys who just move forward and just keeping swinging. It’s just awesome, man. In the 13 years of being in this company, we’ve seen some amazing fights. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fight like that. That fight was insane.”

“It’s obviously very fortunate for him that Pettis won, because he just came off a title shot against (Benson) Henderson. Definitely, Gilbert Melendez is one of the best in the world. It definitely puts him back in the mix for the title shot.”

Melendez also spoke at the post-fight press conference, saying:

“I’ve been there plenty of times, it’s just unfortunate I haven’t been there on the UFC stage to do it. I’ve done that plenty of times in a lot of my fights, but yeah, it’s just something. You get lost in the moment. You don’t want to back down. Diego is no slouch. I didn’t just beat a nobody. I beat a guy that I think is top in the division. I think I’m entertaining, I think the fans want [to see me fight for the title]. I think what it takes to beat Pettis, and I think I beat Thomson twice. With that said, I think I do deserve it, and I think I could beat both of those guys.”

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