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Melendez open to 145 move, but not former Strikeforce opponents

Following a ‘heart-breaking’ and controversial loss against current UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson, Gilbert Melendez is looking for the quickest path back to gold — even if i means a change in weight class. Following the transition from top lightweight … Read More

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Gilbert Melendez wants ‘whoever is hot’ next, open to featherweight fight

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After coming up short in his bid to dethrone reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson at UFC on Fox 7 a few weeks ago, Gilbert Melendez is ready to climb back into the Octagon and work his way back up the ladder.

And “El Nino” is willing to take on all comers to get another shot at mixed martial arts (MMA) gold — sooner rather than later — even if he has to follow in the Featherweight footsteps of former 155-pound No. 1 contender, Anthony Pettis.

Melendez recently informed “Knockout Radio” that he doesn’t care who he has to get through to get another crack at a title; however, the former Strikeforce lightweight champion doesn’t feel that rematches are in his best short- and long-term championship interests.

His words:

“There’s a lot of good guys. Whoever is hot right now. Whoever is the hot dude who is closest to getting that title shot, I’ll take it. If it’s ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, if it’s the loser between (Jose) Aldo and Anthony Pettis, if it’s Pat Healy, if it’s Joe Lauzon, Diego Sanchez, who is it? You let me know who will get me quicker to the top, but it would be a good matchup with all these guys. All these people are new faces for me. I just don’t want to fight Josh Thomson or Jorge Masvidal. I’m sure he wants to fight someone else, too, and so does Jorge. Those guys are going to prove that they’re legit.”

In short, Melendez doesn’t want do-overs — he wants fresh blood.

That shouldn’t be a problem for UFC matchmakers seeing as how there a deep pool of talent from which to fish in the crowded 155-pound division. Featherweight, however, is a different story, which is the reason Pettis recently forfeited his top Lightweight contender status to challenge 145-pound division kingpin, Jose Aldo.

Indeed, Melendez would likely have to see how UFC 162, which features pivotal divisional showdowns between Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung and Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver, before considering a 10-pound cut. After all, his loss to “Smooth” was close and — to some — controversial, meaning that he might not have to do too much to warrant another opportunity.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, Donald Cerrone is currently booked to face K.J. Noons at UFC 160 this Memorial Day weekend and “Showtime” has his hands full against “Scarface” at UFC 163. Sanchez and Lauzon, however, are currently without opponents, making either one of them is a fine high-profile option.

Remember, too, that Pat Healy — who made a splash in his return to the Octagon by upsetting Jim Miller at UFC 159 — is a possibility, especially because the pair were scheduled to collide under the Strikeforce banner on two separate occasions before the San Jose, Calif.,-based promotion was shutdown earlier this year.

It’s good to have options. And Melendez, as well as UFC matchmakers, seem to have several solid possibilities.

Do you?

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Invicta FC 5: Penne vs. Waterson — iPPV Stream and Open Discussion Thread

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Cyborg says open to fight Transgender fighter Fallon Fox

The dominant former female Strikeforce champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino (formerly Santos) has made it clear that she would willingly fight transgender fighter Fallon Fox. “She wants to be a girl. I don’t agree. I think you’re born a girl, you’re a girl. You’re born a guy, you’re a guy. But I don’t choose opponents. The …

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UFC Georges St-Pierre Not “Surprised” By Nick Diaz Open Workout ‘No Show’

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MMACanada.net is live on location in Montreal, Quebec for UFC 158. In this video, Georges St-Pierre talks to the media in scrum style fashion. See what GSP has to say about his opponent Nick Diaz and other hot topics.

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Nick Diaz no-shows UFC 158 open workouts; Dana White not happy about it

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Are you really that surprised?

Just three days out from his UFC 158 pay-per-view headlining welterweight title fight against champion Georges St. Pierre, Nick Diaz has once again failed to meet a media obligation.

The Wednesday before an event is always home to the open media workouts for the prominent main card fighters. It’s an opportunity for the athletes to reveal anything they’ve been working on in training, perhaps give a glimpse of their conditioning and of course, do some pre-fight media scrums with the press.

Diaz was expected to participate today, as has every headlining fighter in UFC history, but the Stockton slugger failed to show up, according to several media present at the workouts.

MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reached out to Diaz’s handler and trainer Cesar Gracie for an explanation:

According to Gracie, UFC President Dana White had given them permission to skip the workout:

But here’s the big swerve. White was a guest on the Jim Rome show today and he made it seem like it was a surprise to him that Diaz didn’t show up for the open workouts.

“I literally just found out Nick Diaz did not show up for the open workouts today in Montreal….Let me tell you what, there is no shtick with this kid, I mean it’s – he’s just a different animal man, he’s absolutely hard to deal with.”

A fired up White also made a bit of a vague statement about what will happen if Diaz fails to show up to tomorrow’s UFC 158 pre-fight press conference.

“If he wins, you know, we are seriously going to have to have a ‘come to Jesus meeting,’ you know what I mean? The guy is very, very hard to deal with, we’ll see what happens. I got to tell you this, though, I leave tonight for Montreal. The press conference is tomorrow, I’m excited for the press conference and I’m definitely excited for the weigh-ins ’cause, you never know what you’re going to get. Well, let me tell you what, if he does not show up tomorrow for the press conference, it is not going to be good. I don’t know what I’ll say or what I’m going to do, but I’ll tell you what — it will not be good.”

If you remember, Diaz was pulled from his first title shot against GSP after failing to show up to a pair of pre-fight press conferences for UFC 137. Hell, White said as recently as three weeks ago that he was close to pulling Diaz from this upcoming UFC 158 event.

So what happens if Diaz does go on to win the title? Would he continue to get away with his same old schtick? If White has his way, there would be an ultimatum.

“If he wins the title he’s going to have to come to Vegas and we’re going to have to sit down and we did this already when we signed his new deal, but I’m going to have to tell him, ‘If you miss anything, I will strip you of this title,’ and you know what I mean? I don’t know what else to do. I really don’t know what else to do.”

Sounds pretty serious, right?

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Dana White: Door still open for Josh Barnett, but ‘no problem’ if he goes his own way

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The UFC’s offer to heavyweight free agent Josh Barnett remains on the table, even though the likelihood of him taking the organization up on it decreases by the day. Barnett rejected the contract terms last week, despite the fact that his manager Leland LaBarre told MMA Fighting that the sides had agreed on compensation.

Instead, it was another undisclosed issue that halted the deal.

On Wednesday in London for the promotion of UFC on FUEL 7, White briefly addressed the situation, saying that the ball is squarely in Barnett’s court.

“It’s up to him,” he said. “He’s a big boy. He’s been around a long time. He kind of flies by the seat of his pants, anyway. I mean, even after he won the [UFC] title, imagine if Josh Barnett stayed in the UFC his whole career, what he could have accomplished, the money he could have made, and all the things that could have happened. But he’s his own guy, he wants to do his own thing. I got no problem with that.”

Barnett (32-6), a consensus top 10 heavyweight for years, is the highest-ranked divisional talent not under the UFC banner. He’s won nine of his last 10, losing only to Daniel Cormier. After his last bout, a first-round submission win over Nandor Guelmino at last month’s final Strikeforce event, Barnett officially became a free agent.

For a time, it appeared the two sides would reach agreement, and White, who has had previous issues with Barnett in the past, even voiced a hope that they could reach an accord.

White, though, has had no role in the current negotiations, leaving talks to matchmaker and vice president of talent relations Joe Silva.

Barnett last fought in the UFC over a decade ago, when he took the heavyweight championship from Randy Couture at UFC 36 in March 2002. However, he later tested positive for the steroids boldenone, fluoxymesterone and nandrolone, and was eventually stripped of the belt by the promotion. He went on to become something of a career mercenary, competing in Pancrase, PRIDE, Sengoku, Affliction, DREAM and Strikeforce, among others.

Barring any change of plans, Barnett’s future seems to be back out on the open market.

“I know there’s an offer on the table for him,” White said. “If he wants to take it, it’s been offered. And if not, he’s always been his own guy, anyway.”

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Win Or Lose, Cung Le “Totally Open” To Fighting Anderson Silva

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This past weekend another name emerged as a possible opponent for UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in former Strikeforce title holder, and actor, Cung Le (9-2).

Silva’s manager Ed Soares offered up Le’s name as a possible opponent in a recent interview, explaining that ‘The Spider’ is looking to fight someone with a name fans will recognize.

On Monday, Le was a guest on The MMA Hour (@MMAFighting.com) and was asked to give his thoughts on being named as a possible contender for the longtime middleweight champ.

“If the UFC wants me to fight after our discussion, I’m totally open for it…. ”

“If the fight would ever happen, I wouldn’t be scared because he’s pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world,” he said. “I’d be excited to see how I do, whether I get beat up or whatever. It doesn’t matter. That’s why we compete. That’s why we challenge ourselves. That’s what makes us who we are, and I love the challenge.”

Le earned an impressive one punch knockout victory this past November against former UFC champ Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC on FUEL TV 6 in Macau, China. The victory earned Le the “Knockout of the Night” bonus for the event. Le has now won two straight and is 2-1 since debuting with the UFC in fall of last year. The actor won a decision against Patrick Cote at UFC 148 and suffered a TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 139.

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