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    Default UFC not re-signing Gilbert Melendez

    UFC Tonight on FOX Sports 1 just reported the UFC: Ultimate Fighting Championship is passing on resigning Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez. We've been following Gilbert's career for several years and we really hope they're able to work something out.
    I didn't see the show, so I'll post it in nj for now.
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    Dana White says UFC's contract negotiations with Gilbert Melendez not going well, takes shot at manager

    Gilbert Melendez's October win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 was the final fight on his deal with the UFC, and he's been in contract negotiations since then. According to a report from Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's UFC Tonight program on Fox Sports 1, those negotiations aren't going well.

    Per the report, UFC President Dana White is having a rough time with the negotiations with Melendez's manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, who also manages Georges St-Pierre. White had some not kind things to say about Beaulieu, commenting that "being Georges St-Pierre's best friend doesn't make you a good manager."

    White says he's "done" dealing with Beaulieu, and says Melendez needs to get in contact with Lorenzo Fertitta if he wants to fight in the UFC or he "better start looking elsewhere."

    Penick's Analysis: It would be entirely short-sighted and a detriment to the UFC's lightweight field to not come to terms with Melendez. He's one of the most legitimate challengers they have on the 155 lb. roster right now, and is no more than a win away from title contention. Letting him walk would be ridiculous. This plays like White trying to undermine the job of a manager by trying to get Melendez to contact Fertitta about staying on, but we'll have to keep an eye on what happens here. Melendez needs to stay in the UFC, and they have to find a way to come to a deal with him.

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    If he is gone, it makes the LW division a lot less interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevoOnTheRadio View Post
    If he is gone, it makes the LW division a lot less interesting.
    but even if he was gone LW would still be the best division.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The8thPlague View Post
    but even if he was gone LW would still be the best division.
    Is it really? A couple years ago, yea. But in 2013-present, I'd say no.


    And Sak, I don't understand your comment at all.
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    Anyone who somehow still thinks dana is a good business man should look at this. Ask yourself how you'd fare if you let petty emotional bullshit prevent you from keeping some of the best talent in your company, and publicized that you were letting your boss clean up the mess you were incapable of resolving.

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    If he is gone, it makes the LW division a lot less interesting.
    yes.
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    Well, this would be a huge loss to LW.
    yes.
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    While Gilbert is one of the best LW's around, and could be a champion on any given night, he doesn't have alot of negotiating power at the moment.
    I disagree. I don't think zuffa wants a top 3 talent to go fight elsewhere...specifically when Bellator's LW division is one of it's best performing.

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    Henderson, Thompson, Grant, Aldo, Gilbert can easily be lost by the UFC. They have proven they do not need the best fighters to make people believe they have the best fighters.
    That would be soooooooo incredibly foolish. Build a house of cards, and eventually it tumbles down. Even if zuffa doesn't market him as such, Aldo is #1 p4p...that would be dumb, even by dana white standards.

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    Oh well, I've always found him to be quite overrated. The level of competition he faced in Strikeforce isn't remotely close to the level he'll face in UFC. I even had Thompson beating him in their last fight. He most likely still thinks he beat Henderson, and is asking for way more money than someone with a 1-1 UFC record is worth.
    I still think he won that fight, too. 1 and 1 records can be deceiving if you only look at the win/loss column. He had a great fight against Henderson with a controversial decision, and then a FOTN. He's top 3 talent, and the UFC isn't going broke over giving him a contract.

    This is a pissing contest between dana and Georges, Melendez is collateral damage because anyone who is connected to GSP is seen as the enemy in dana's overly emotional reactionary perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    I still think he won that fight, too. 1 and 1 records can be deceiving if you only look at the win/loss column. He had a great fight against Henderson with a controversial decision, and then a FOTN. He's top 3 talent, and the UFC isn't going broke over giving him a contract.

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    Very well put. Don't get me wrong, I don't think he's a bad fighter, I just don't think he's nearly as good as he thinks he is. What I was trying to say is that with a 1-1 UFC record, he doesn't have many chips to bargain with and combine that with his "I'm the best in the world" mindset I could easily see how negotiations could go south fast.

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    Well, this would be a huge loss to LW.

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    These threats are all part of the negotiations. We've heard similar statements before, only to have both sides reach an agreement a few days later. I'm going to let this play out before I start worrying about Melendez having to fight in Bellator.

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    It won't really matter actually, the LW division is so stacked right now it almost needs to lose a challenger so people can move around title fights faster. Gilbert isnt that much of a draw, which the UFC is primarily concerned about, just look at Dan Henderson, and he already lost a title fight so building him back up to casual fans is a little harder.

    While Gilbert is one of the best LW's around, and could be a champion on any given night, he doesn't have alot of negotiating power at the moment.
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