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  • 04-11-2013, 05:19 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Gilbert Melendez: UFC on Fox 7 is My Chance to Prove I Am No. 1

    “Champion versus champion is a neat thing for me, but I feel like in this case that Benson is the champ, and I’m coming into a new organization,” Melendez said Wednesday during a media conference call. “I fought the Dream champ and the Shooto champ -- I’ve fought a lot of different champs under different rules, so this is a neat opportunity for me. I’m definitely prepared. For a long time, I’ve been trying to prove that I am No. 1, and this is my opportunity. I’m [going to try] to take advantage of it.”

    This will not be the first time a member of the Cesar Gracie Fight Team tangles with Henderson, who outpointed Nate Diaz in his UFC on Fox 5 title defense back in December -- a performance which Melendez witnessed in person.

    “Of course I would love to avenge my friend and represent for my team. I got to see firsthand what Benson is all about. I would love to get that [win] for myself and for my teammate,” said Melendez. “When your buddy is fighting, you can’t help but get a little emotional and a little passionate. If you can back your friend up, you will.”

    Melendez represents just the latest of title contenders to come from the vaunted Cesar Gracie camp. Nick and Nate Diaz both challenged UFC champions in recent months, and Jake Shields took a crack at Georges St. Pierre in 2011. Years earlier, David Terrell and Gil Castillo tried to capture UFC gold three times between the two of them. In spite of the undeniable talent of the challengers, each attempt was unsuccessful, a fact that Melendez said has not added any extra pressure to his upcoming title try.

    “I hope to win the title for my team, but I really try not to put too much pressure on myself. I just go out there to fight my fight,” said Melendez. “I think it’s a great accomplishment for my whole team to even get title fights. Not many teams can say that. If anything, it’s an accomplishment for our team, but I would like to be able bring that title back to the gym and share it with those guys.”
  • 04-11-2013, 03:21 PM
    goodtimes
    I hope Gil comes out on fire; he's looked stale in his last two fights. He seems motivated, and if he fights like it I wouldn't be too surprised if he beat Bendo.
  • 04-10-2013, 09:19 PM
    disposableassassin
    My boy bendo is going to take this one handily.
  • 04-10-2013, 08:56 PM
    Fe1
    Of course he's not going to look past him. I don't think Bendo looks past anyone but I still think that this is going to be a pretty easy fight for him. Like Leucoethiops said, Bendo will win, but Gilbert won't really lose lol
  • 04-10-2013, 08:42 PM
    Mr. Cornute
    I don't believe Bendo looks past any opponent so this is good to hear from him. I personally believe he beats Gil and further would love to see him against Alverez and whoever else following can earn a shot. I'm not sure who to give a shot to though besides maybe Gray Maynard or Pettis (I would like to see Bendo beat Pettis).
  • 04-10-2013, 07:05 PM
    cpac77
    This is an interesting fight in my opinion for a reason that I haven't seen anybody else talk about.

    El Nino as we all know has been at the top of the Strikeforce lightweight division for a long time. Look at who he fought though. I'm not saying anything about the level of competition. I'm saying everything about Gilbert's motivation. I can see it being kind of hard to get motivated for another Josh Thomson fight or a Masvidal fight or a Kawajiri fight.

    However, I fully expect Gilbert to be more motivated than we've ever seen and as a result I think we're going to see the very best Gil Melendez that we've ever seen.

    That being said, he's going to do his part to make that main event a great one. Will it be enough to become champion in the UFC? In my opinion, no. But my opinion really doesn't matter.
  • 04-10-2013, 06:42 PM
    CtGreat
    Quote Originally Posted by Leucoethiops View Post
    Benson will win, but Gilbert won't actually lose.

    ...

    You'll see....
    Somebody feels some type of way...
  • 04-10-2013, 06:36 PM
    Thamob
    I'm going to MMA Lab right now. Hopefully I'll get to see him. Wish me luck.
  • 04-10-2013, 06:34 PM
    rabidsponge
    i think it'll be a fairly close fight, both really aggressive fighters. i hope bendo pulls it out tho
  • 04-10-2013, 05:23 PM
    Leucoethiops
    Benson will win, but Gilbert won't actually lose.

    ...

    You'll see....
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