UFC's Gilbert Melendez says he took 'foot off the gas' but thought he still won | News
"I thought I won the first two and fifth, for sure," Melendez said after his UFC on FOX 7 loss to lightweight champ Benson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC). "I took my foot off the gas a little bit after the second. The third was close, but I thought I came strong. I thought it was going to come down to the last round, and I thought I won the last round."
UFC on FOX 7 took place Saturday night in San Jose, Calif. Melendez lost the headlining matchup by split decision.
MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps) actually agreed with Melendez, awarding him the first, second and fifth rounds for a 48-47 win. However, the entire fight was closely contested, and a split-decision result was rather unsurprising."That's my own fault, but I totally felt like I turned it up in the fifth, and I thought I won that," Melendez said. "But took my foot off the gas. He adjusted pretty well, as well.
"I'm just happy to be working for these guys. This is what I've been waiting for my whole career. I've just got to look at it as this is a dream come true just to be here right now."
UFC on FOX 7 in Tweets: Pros score Henderson vs. Melendez, react to numerous knockouts - MMA Fighting
Edward Alvarez @Ealvarezfight
I had Gil winning that fight tonight for sure , that being said , that belts very Winnable Cant wait til I get my shot !!!!!Edward Alvarez @Ealvarezfight
Neither guy stepped up and tryed to Get after the other and End Him . I Fell asleep Twice during, seriously!!!! Want my turn BaddddddTJ Grant ✔ @TJ_Grant
#motivated!Joe Lauzon ✔ @JoeLauzon
I really don’t think anyone can really argue the decision there… 5 close rounds! #UFConFOX7Nam Phan ✔ @NamPhanMMA
I thought #gilbertmelendez won rounds 1, 2 and 5 he's the real champBrad Tavares ✔ @BradTavares
You can't boo that fight, it was a good fight and could have went either wReuben Duran ✔ @ReubenDuranUFC
Don't leave it to the judges! You will always get screwed!Josh Koscheck ✔ @JoshKoscheck
I scored it 3-2 for Henderson. But it was close. Gil will be back! Round 1 & 5 Gil Round 2,3&4 HendersonGian Villante @GPVillante
I think @FrankieEdgar beat Henderson worse in a close fight but somehow Henderson always gets the close ones #bullshit @GilbertMelendez wonRoy Nelson ✔ @roynelsonmma
I have @GilbertMelendez for the win but in the @ufc anything can happen specially when you fight ben with decisions. Right? @FrankieEdgar