Gilbert Melendez Campaigning For Title Shot After UFC 166 Win
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.22.2013
He thinks he deserves it...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Gilbert Melendez (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is campaigning for a lightweight title shot after his victory over Diego Sanchez in what many are calling a Fight of the Year candidate at UFC 166 this past weekend.
On wanting a title shot: "I'm campaigning hard for it. That was the goal, was to make a statement. I wanted to win the fight, wanted to take care of business, but the goal was to look good, and I'm definitely going to campaign for it."
On if he would step in to face Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 9 should Josh Thomson get injured: "It went through my head right away. Right away after the fight you start thinking about the future. Josh is a guy who has been prone to injury, so I'm like, 'Man, would I step up?' It definitely crossed my mind and I haven't made that decision yet. Right now I'm feeling good, I'm feeling proud, I'm on a high right now and I think I can do it. If I need to do it I would do it, but I need a little more time to make that decision."
On if Sanchez could have won a fight-round fight: "I've done five rounds plenty of times. I think I was gaining momentum. He came at me really hard and gave me all he had in that third round and I feel like if it went four, five rounds I would have eventually chopped him down and finished him. Five rounds? With pleasure. I would have done it and I maybe would have finished him in five rounds. No problem. I ain't scared."