Former Strikeforce champ and current UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez will meet Anthony Pettis and the two will coach on the Ultimate Fighter 20 for the Women’s straweight division, which debuts in September on FOX Sports 1 and will crown the first champ in the weight class.
Melendez appeared on MMAjunkie Radio today and here is what he had to say:
“If Pettis’ first pick was my wife, then we’d have some problems,” Melendez joked to MMAjunkie Radio.
Melendez (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a seven fight winning streak. He lost to Benson Henderson via split decision in April of 2013. He beat Diego Sanchez in October of 2013 via unanimous decision in a classic war to earn the title shot against Pettis.
“His striking and his kicks and his creativity is awesome, but it’s nothing I fear at all,” Melendez said. “I feel quite confident in this matchup. I feel like stylistically, this is a matchup I’ve been wanting for a long time.
Anthony Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) joined the UFC in 2011 and lost to Clay Guida via Unanimous Decision. He then went on to beat Jeremy Stephens, Joe Lauzon, Donald Cerrone and then for the belt, Benson Henderson.
Melendez continued to say, “I think he’s a great guy and creative, but I’m not scared of those kicks at all. I feel I can walk right through them, to be honest. He’s good at what he does, but I think I’m better in a bunch of different dimensions.”