Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez arrived to the UFC as the last man to carry the Strikeforce lightweight strap. He would come over to the UFC and fight Benson Henderson immediately at UFC on FOX 7 in a closely contested championship battle. Now looking to regain some momentum in the 155 -pound category, El Nino still feels like he’s the best out there, and that his loss to Henderson didn’t prove anything.
“I think I am the best lightweight fighter in the world,” he told Bleacher Report. “I think that I made that goal and I think I’ve done that. I believe I showed that in my last fight. I think I proved that I am a better fighter than Benson. He’s a tough match-up to fight and I feel like I did beat him that night. Maybe I lost on the judge’s cards, but I know I won the fight. I held my ground and was ready to fight to the death right there and I don’t think he was.”
Melendez was the champ in Strikeforce for almost six years, so it must be difficult to accept no longer being the kingpin of his division. Though El Nino hasn’t been handed another opponent to get back on the horse, he says he is coming after the belt to prove once and for all that he is the best lightweight fighter in the UFC.