Dana White Bringing Gilbert Melendez Over to the UFC As Soon As Possible

UFC President, Dana White has also revealed that they are planning to bring in Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez over to compete inside the octagon as soon as possible, adding “El Nino” could receive the next UFC title shot.

Dana White, speaking at the UFC on Versus 6 post-fight press conference, said:

“We do want to bring Gilbert Melendez over and we’re looking at it right now.”

When asked whether Melendez could get an immediate title shot, Dana said:

“It’s a possibility. The thing is, that division is so stacked. And usually timing has a lot to do with (who gets the next shot). We’re going to bring Melendez over ASAP. We’re looking to bring him over now.”

Melendez, speaking to MMAWeekly, said:

“It’s exciting that the boss definitely wants me over to the UFC, because it’s definitely a good move for me. As far as I’m concerned (Jorge) Masvidal is the next guy on my list, and I’m focusing 100% on him so before I get too excited, I’m just focusing on tearing that guy up. But definitely my goal’s to be in the UFC so if we can get that there sooner than later, I’m all for it.”

“Basically, it would be a phone call from Dana saying drop everything you’re coming to the UFC. I’d be there in a heartbeat. Money doesn’t really mean nothing at this point, my money’s good, I’m happy with my money, if he told me to come fight for the same price, I would do it.”

“Either way it’s inevitable. I’m coming for all the 55lbers and I really want to prove I’m No. 1. It would be nice to get a title shot, but if I need to come through it and work my way up, I’m more than willing. Part of being No. 1 is beating everyone, every match-up, I think I can beat every style out there. It doesn’t really matter to me. Whatever Dana wants. Whatever he wants, I’ll do.”

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