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Melendez Plans on Featherweight Title Run


Lightweight Gilbert Melendez entered the UFC early in 2014 with one of the best contracts in league history, but went just 1-4, and is on a three-fight losing streak. Melendez, who turned pro in 2002, is not done yet, however. During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie radio, El Nino said he wants one more title run, at 145, a weight he has not fought at since 2005.

“Until I book a fight at 145, I can’t really confirm that, but yeah, that’s my goal right now,” said Melendez as transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “I’m trying to slim up. I’m really trying to diet and lose this fat around the belly a little bit more and really maximize my body’s potential. Once I get to that point, which should be in the next few weeks, I’ll really be able to make that jump and make that big decision. That’s my goal, is to make 145. That’s what I’m working on right now at this point.”


“I haven’t really reached out to them to tell them exactly, ‘This is what I want and what I’m going with.’ I haven’t got to that point yet. I’m trying to get ready mentally, physically. I’m trying to get to that point where I’m just about there, and I’ll be reaching that soon and be able to pull the trigger on this.”

“I’d like to prove I’m one of the toughest in the division with a solid opponent who is willing to fight me and not stick and move. If I can get that, it would be great. I’m looking for one last [title] run.”

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