Mixed martial arts veteran Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez recently appeared on The MMA Hour and talked about how much longer he thinks he can continue to fight. The 35-year-old former Strikeforce and WEC Lightweight Champion currently holds a professional record of 22-6 and has lost four out of his last six fights, and is currently on a three-fight losing streak. Melendez is scheduled to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 on September 9.
Melendez gave the following statement on The MMA Hour about how much longer he’ll continue to fight:
“Back to the question (of how much longer Melendez wants to fight): As long as my body lets me and as long as my mind is in it. But I don’t enjoy losing and I’ve lost a few fights and really want to get back on track. And I’m not getting knocked out either, I’m not just getting demolished and fetal-ing’ up in the corner. I’m fighting, I’m banging, and I’m not feeling like I’m getting dominated in the sport and still some of these matches I lose in the scorecards, I don’t really go home feeling like a big loser.”