Gilbert Melendez has yet to be booked for his next fight, following his submission loss to UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis in December, but the rugged vet clearly has a certain bout in mind.
Recently Melendez appeared on “The MMA Hour” and while discussing what might be next, here is what the 32 year-old fighter had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If Eddie Alvarez is out there and he’s open to fight me and I think he is — no doubt in my mind he’s open to fight me — I think we should try to fight each other,” Melendez said. “There would be no better place than Mexico City. That would be the one to do it on if you ask me.”
“It’s two guys that probably have similar fighting styles,” Melendez said. “It would be a good recipe for a bad ass MMA fight.”
Yes it would. Now if you’ve followed MMA for a while now, then you know that there’s been talk of Melendez and Alvarez fighting for years. Back when Melendez was the Strikforce champ, and Alvarez held Bellator’s lightweight title, a fight between the two was proposed. Unfortunately, the promotions weren’t able to make it happen.
So, considering both guys are under contract to the UFC, then perhaps it will go down sometime in the coming months? Alvarez was booked to fight Benson Henderson last month at UFC FN 59, but had to withdraw due to injury. The highly regarded fighter made his Octagon debut last September and was decisioned by Donald Cerrone.
Melendez is currently ranked #4 in the UFC’s 155 division and Alvarez is #10.
The UFC has yet to confirm a date for its next Mexico City event, but the card is expected to take place in June. The promotion is hoping to have heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez battle interim champ Fabricio Werdum at the event.