Gilbert Melendez was unable to secure the UFC lightweight title in his debut with the promotion recently, falling to Benson Henderson via decision.
After entering the UFC as the reigning Strikeforce champion, Melendez was placed in the top contender spot. While he has since dropped with the loss, he isn’t all that far from fighting for the title again.
So, where does “El Nino” want to go from here in terms of an opponent? Anyone that gets him closer to the belt.
“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,” said Melendez, during a recent appearance on Knockout Radio/MMA Weekly.
In terms of an exact opponent, Melendez mentioned the likes of Donald Cerrone, Joe Lauzon, Pat Healy, Diego Sanchez and the loser of Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis. He did kind of put up a no-want list, as well, saying the likes of Josh Thomson and Jorge Masvidal don’t interest him because he’s already defeated them in Strikeforce.
Who would you like to see Melendez lock horns with next? I think a scrap with Cerrone could headline a smaller show.