Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez seems content with fighting for the promotion. At least, according to his manager Cesar Gracie.

Melendez, currently on the sidelines with an injury that knocked him out of a planned encounter with Pat Healy, will likely avoid going under the knife for the injury.

However, when Melendez was forced out, Showtime decided to not air the planned card. Strikeforce proceeded to cancel the event, and another one set for November. So, will Melendez ever fight for Strikeforce again? Gracie is unsure, as he told the Brazilian news source Tatame recently.

It seems that he will come back to Strikeforce, but with the recent history, the organization may end. To tell you the truth, we do not know what will happen. A lot is depending on Showtime. I hope Strikeforce will continue, but if not, I can see Gilbert going to the UFC sooner than expected.

Interesting words by Gracie, as he says “sooner than expected.” Most figured Melendez would already be in the UFC by now after Zuffa purchased Strikeforce. Gracie did confirm that “El Nino” has four fights left on his contract, but added, “you have to remember that the UFC owns Strikeforce, so it does not matter much. If they want him….they can do it anytime.”