Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez and No. 1 contender Pat Healy were both interviewed during Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event.
The two 155-pounders will do battle in September in the main event of Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy. The card takes place from Sacramento on Showtime.
For Melendez (21-2), this is another opportunity to try and cement his status as the top lightweight in the entire world. He hasn’t lost since 2008, but has been taken the distance in each of his previous two title defenses.
I want to show up to the best of my abilities. I don’t think I’ve done that in my last few fights. I am looking forward to fighting Healy. It’s a tough task to defend your throne. Healy is a durable guy who wants to put me against the fence and try to sub me. I am prepared for a grinder.
Healy (28-16) has been in the sport professional since 2001. As of late, “Bam Bam” has caught fire, winning five consecutive fights since a loss to Josh Thomson. Earlier this year, Thomson lost via split decision to Melendez.
(Melendez) is going to find out real quick that I’m not just a tough guy; he’s not better than me everywhere. I want to prove that I’m one of the best lightweights in the world and show I can hang with anybody.
Healy was 11-11 at one point in his MMA career. He owns 15 career submission victories and another six via knockout, including recent back-to-back sub wins over Caros Fodor and Maxim Blanco.