Originally Posted by Masscore
How does he have oodles of talent? Like someone else pointed out whenever he has fought a top fighter he has lost and lost in one-sided fashion. A guy with "oodles" of talent will beat or at least compete with those guys. He is a guy with heavy hands and one of the worse ground games in the UFC. He should be cut to make room for guys that are actually you know, good.
That's been my perspective too. He's fast and has a ton of power. But he's been clipped standing up more than once and he's been submitted a couple of times too...
athletic. Unless we focus on him not taking training seriously and discount the many years he's been in the game, I'd say it's clear that he struggles to get any of the skills of MMA up to an elite level. And that is really what athleticism is about.
Originally Posted by W.Silva>C.Norris
I would say it depends entirely on what it costs to have him fight. Lets be realistic. Melvin will never be a serious contender at 155. He's a gatekeeper, or a mid-tier fighter at best. If you're paying him gatekeeper money, its worth keeping him. If he's got an inflated price tag, he's very cuttable.