Gilbert Melendez back to title contention after impressive showing in UFC 166
Gilbert Melendez is back in the mix for a titleshot after his impressive win over Diego Sanchez
Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez moves back into title contention after he walked out with a W in the classic brawl against Diego Sanchez in the third featured fight of UFC 166 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Both fighters had promised to make a statement prior to the bout and they certainly lived up to the hype. Melendez and Sanchez clearly stole the show by providing nonstop action for the entire 15 minutes of their lightweight showdown. Dana White praised the performance of both fighters in an interview after the event.
“That’s one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” exclaims the UFC President.
“That was a Mexican world war in there tonight. These are two guys who just move forward and just keeping swinging. It’s just awesome, man. In the 13 years of being in this company, we’ve seen some amazing fights. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fight like that. That fight was insane.”
Melendez failed in his bid to capture the lightweight title when then champion Benson Henderson narrowly outpointed him last April. Despite that, Dana White believes that El Nino is once again in the mix for the title shot, especially with Anthony Pettis taking the belt from Bendo a few months ago.
“It’s very good for him that Pettis did win that fight (against Henderson) because he just got done fighting Henderson and it definitely puts him back in the mix for the title shot,” White said.
White also explained the situation regarding the supposedly number 1 contender TJ Grant. Grant, who was first in line for a shot at Henderson was pulled out from the fight due to a concussion, he would again lose his shot at Pettis due to the same injury.
“T.J. Grant is in one of those unfortunate situations where he had the title shot and he had to pull out twice,” White said.
“He might come back and have to fight another fight. We’ve got to keep this thing rolling.”
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