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Nate Diaz On Gilbert Melendez: ‘There’s No One Better Than Him’

Nate Diaz has positioned himself for a run at the UFC lightweight championship. His training partner and close friend, Gilbert Melendez, currently holds the Strikeforce lightweight title.

So, as frequent training partners, how does Diaz feel he stacks up with Melendez? Well, he let us all know in a recent interview with Sherdog.

I’ve been training with Gilbert and Jake (Shields) for years. They’ve shown me a lot. These are guys I look up to. Me and Gil been battling it out in here for years. There’s no one better than him. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s the best 155’er on the planet and I think he deserves to be right there in the UFC holding the UFC belt. He’s the man.

Diaz earned a win over Jim Miller to improve to 3-0 in his last three fights since moving back down to lightweight. UFC president Dana White has said he’ll get the next shot at the UFC lightweight belt if he’s willing to wait. Melendez, meanwhile, is set for a third fight with Josh Thomson on May 19.

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

  • Matt Silliman

    I think Gilbert is a top 155er as well, but you have to think Nate is a little biased.  We will never know until Gilbert comes into the UFC.  

  • Matt Silliman

    I think Gilbert is a top 155er as well, but you have to think Nate is a little biased.  We will never know until Gilbert comes into the UFC.  

    • Quardy

      Yeah, you’ll never know until it’s Gilbert vs Nate for the UFC 155lber!

    • Quardy

      Yeah, you’ll never know until it’s Gilbert vs Nate for the UFC 155lber!

  • Rb_

     If nate happens to win the title I wonder if they would fight, I would guess that they wouldn’t but if gilbert comes to the ufc he would probably be looking at an immediate title shot.

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