Gilbert Melendez achieved the first of a two-part goal recently when he defeated Diego Sanchez.
Now, the former Strikeforce champion must wait and see if the second is fulfilled.
Melendez (22-3) is hoping his incredible decision victory over Sanchez vaults him back into a title shot. He competed for the UFC belt in his debut with the promotion earlier this year, falling to then-champion Benson Henderson.
“I’m campaigning hard (for a title shot),” said Melendez, during an interview with MMAjunkie Radio. “The goal was to make a statement. I wanted to win the fight, wanted to take care of business, but the goal was to look good and I’m definitely going to campaign for it.”
Melendez and Sanchez went toe-to-toe for 15 minutes, with both fighters leaving the Octagon to the cheers of the Toyota Center faithful.
Anthony Pettis, the current man at 155 pounds, is set to defend his belt vs. Josh Thomson later this year.