Gilbert Melendez is coming off a big win over Jorge Masvidal last weekend and is currently riding a 6 fight win streak. Melendez has defeated top fighters such as Shinya Aoki and Clay Guida over the years but is still stuck in Strikeforce unlike other champs such as Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz, and Alistair Overeem who have been brought over to the UFC. TodayScott Coker the President of Strikeforce told MMA Weekly that Melendez would beat UFC champ Frankie Edgar if the two men fought.
“I believe (Melendez) is the number one lightweight in the world. Believe me, those other guys, I take nothing away from them. Listen, styles make fights, and I’m really looking at Frankie Edgar and Gilbert, that match-up as to who would win that fight and how that fight would look. Ben Henderson, Cowboy Cerrone, all those guys are extremely talented, but like I said, styles make fights. I think Gilbert and Frankie would be a great fight, but I think Gilbert would come out on top.”
I don’t think we will see the two fight anytime soon but stranger things have happened. Guys like Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis are at the top of the UFC rankings and could leapfrog Melendez and keep him in Strikeforce.