Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez came out of the toughest fight of his career this past weekend bruised and battered but still the company’s 155-pound king. Melendez’s meeting with Josh Thomson featured five competitive frames including some rounds clearly won by the contender. However, as far as a future match-up with Thomson, regardless of how close Saturday night’s scrap was Melendez isn’t interested in another “lose-lose” situation.
“No, I won the trilogy and it’s supposed to be the end of it,” said Melendez backstage to Showtime cameras after the fight. “I think it was settled once and for all. You guys wanna pay me triple or double, we’ll talk.”
The 21-2 Melendez also added he was open to facing anyone else Strikeforce put in front of him and planned on “holding the throne” for the foreseeable future no matter who he was paired against.
Watch the full interview with Melendez below:
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MMATraining Take: I think the judges scored things correctly. The fight was very close but Melendez did enough to hold onto his belt. Had he lost I’m sure we’d end up hearing about a quartet between the two competitors rather than a trilogy but he didn’t so it’s time to move on. Pat Healy is out there and Eddie Alvarez is on the verge of free agency so there are plenty of options already.