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.
"I don't want them to like me, because when I'm in the ring, punches fly to the face. It is not a tenderness time. I am not falling in love. And he knows that when the fight starts I kick faces."
"I think you should be able to kick in the head, it’s a fun thing to do."