In fact, Alvarez feels Melendez will always find a reason to duck him now and forever.
His words (via MMA Fighting):
"He didn't want come here. Gilbert doesn't want to come anywhere where I'm at. Gilbert don't ever want to sign with a company where I am. Wherever Gilbert goes, he wants to be the top dog, which is the same reason he's avoided me and will for years to come. Gilbert had the opportunity in the Dream tournament, he didn't. He had the opportunity to sign with Bellator, and go into a Bellator tournament, he didn't. And now he had the opportunity to come to Bellator where I am. He doesn't want to come where I am. He's a phony. It's a facade, it's a mask, he says he wants to fight me, he doesn't want to fight me. He says he wants to fight me when I make headlines. That's the only time, so he can get some attention. Other than that, Gilbert Melendez does not want to fight me. He knows its a bad fight for him, a bad night for him, that's the real truth with that."