Gilbert Melendez Comments on Staying With The UFC
Posted by Larry Csonka on 02.24.2014
“I was just smiling and yelling and dancing around like a little girl. I was just really excited.” - Gilbert Melendez
- Gilbert Melendez recently spoke about getting to stay with the UFC. Here are the highlights…
On Lorenzo Fertitta Telling Him They Were Matching Bellator's Offer: "It was on a conference call and I had to put them on mute," Melendez said. "I was just smiling and yelling and dancing around like a little girl. I was just really excited."
On The Possibility of Going to Bellator: "It's a tough thing to do, but I never wanted to walk away," Melendez said. "I never wanted to leave the UFC. It's the best organization in the world, has the best fighters in the world, it's where I wanted to be, but I had to put that aside to think about my family and my future. …I had to weigh it out and I had to explore my options. I got to a point where I had a good plan for my future, and I just had to hope that the UFC would come along with me so I could get to that point and still be with them."
On His Management Team: "I have a great team and I left most of it to them," Melendez said. "They're a great management team. I voiced my opinion, and they helped me keep my emotions in check. When it comes to stuff like this, you have to take your emotions out of it and think of your family. It's about more than just the title shot."