Diego “The Dream” Sanchez and Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez are both trying to get another shot at the UFC lightweight title. Looks like the UFC will be pitting them together to see who moves their way up towards a title shot and who drops down to gatekeeper status.
Diego Sanchez last defeated Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel TV 8 this past march. It was a controversial decision. Many fans and media alike felt that Gomi did enough to win the decision but ultimately the judges decided that Sanchez was the victory. Sanchez has competed for the light weight title before. Losing to BJ Penn at UFC 107.
Gilbert Melendez made his UFC debut this past April. He competed for the UFC light weight championship against current champion Benson Henderson in another bout that many felt that Melendez did enough to win. The judges scored it as a split decision and Henderson was awarded the victory.
Melendez’s stock didn’t fall much after that bout and a rematch could very well be likely in the near future. Melendez just has to get past the tough and durable Diego Sanchez.
The UFC’s lightweight division is one of the more stacked divisions that they currently offer. A loss for either fighter could be detrimental to their careers.
Both of these fighters are hungry to prove to the fans and Zuffa that they deserve another shot at UFC gold. Who takes this bout? Will The Dream cause problems for Melendez or will El Nino be too much for Sanchez to overcome?