Gilbert Melendez Targeting Eddie Alvarez Fight
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has his sights set on who he wants to face next in the Octagon. And it turns out it’s a fighter whom he’s wanted to fight for years – Eddie Alvarez.
Melendez revealed the desire to face the former Bellator champion to Bleacher Report:
“Fighting Eddie Alvarez is on my mind right now. It’s funny because this fight has been on my radar for a long time.
We knew it could possibly happen one day, and it looks like it is a strong possibility right now. I would love to get that fight.”
Gilbert Melendez is 22-4 in his MMA career. He went an impressive 8-1 in Strikeforce and was the lightweight champion for the organization. Although he is 1-2 in the UFC, all of fights have been exciting and crowd pleasing. He has fought twice for the UFC title and lost a controversial decision to former champion, Benson Henderson.
And most recently, Melendez lost to current lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. It was also the first time Gilbert was finished in a fight.
Eddie Alvarez is 25-4 in his MMA career. He went 9-1 in Bellator and was their lightweight champion. Alvarez lost his UFC debut to Donald Cerrone, back at UFC 178. Ironically, Donald Cerrone has replaced Alvarez in this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 59 co-main event against Benson Henderson. Eddie Alvarez was forced out of the fight with an injury.
When both men were champions in their respective organizations back in 2012, Strikeforce president Scott Coker and former Bellator president Bjorn Rebney were trying to set up a super-fight between the two men. Although the fight drew a lot of interest, it never ended up coming to fruition.