Former Strikeforce champion and current UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez says he loves watching footage of his UFC 166 bout with Diego Sanchez, but still believes the action was fairly one-sided. Melendez, who believes he won each round, officially topped Sanchez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
After the three-round war was unofficially crowned 'Fight of the year' by fans and media, Sanchez called the fight a draw and began campaigning for a five-round rematch.
"I feel like he got hit a lot," Melendez tells Fight! Magazine. "If he's saying it was a draw I think he's a little delusional. You gotta say what you gotta say when you lose to keep yourself in the right mentality and feel like you're still relevant, to campaign for yourself. I could have went two more rounds. I felt like I was on to something. He's the guy that fires away and gets tired and I start attacking. They got a lot of timeouts for him. They weren't going to stop it in the third round, there was no reason to call timeouts. I could go on and say how I feel but I'm just happy I won. I think [Sanchez] is a little silly for saying that but he's a weird guy. Sometimes he's complimenting and sometimes he's disrespectful and I don't think he even knows it."
Even so, it doesn't sound like UFC matchmaker Joe Silva would need to twist Melendez' arm much to book the rematch with Sanchez.
"It seemed like Dana [White] loved it. He was just 'Diego, Diego, Diego.' I was waiting for my compliments and it was 'Diego.' I think [the rematch] is something they do want to see. They're talking 'World War, lets do it in Mexico City.' To be honest, that's easy money. That was good for me. If he thinks it was competitive I'll be more than happy to bust him up again."
UPDATE: Sanchez responds to Melendez.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Emmery Myers.
1. The event had an awesome early Zuffa feel. The small arena, smaller cage, intimate crowd and even the way the Octagon itself was dressed felt more like an early Zuffa show. It felt like I was watching an event from 2005 and that was pretty damn cool. The intimate and jacked up crowd reminded me of when only the hardcore faithful would show up to events at small casino ball rooms. The only thing missing was a Mickey's sticker and a UFC.TV url on the cageposts. Part of the reason Bellator is such a good TV product is most of their events are in small arenas in smaller markets with super rambunctious, capacity crowds. The same was true of older UFC events. Dana used to say one of the reasons the UFC stays away from larger venues is that would kill the vibe of the show which is so integral to the UFC. Bitch, don't kill my vibe. I quite liked the feel of the event and I hope the UFC hosts more like that in the future. While you don't get panning shots of an NBA arena full of fans, you can more than make up for it with the energy of the crowd that you can feel from two planets away.
2. The smaller cage contributed to the action packed fights. Cutting guys off is way easier in a cage of that size. For events such as WEC 54 - erroneously known as UFC on Fox 9 - that feature mostly smaller weight class fighters, I'd like to see a slightly smaller cage than used in most other arenas. WEC events were some of the best events in MMA history. No one who actually watched the WEC whined about "little guys can't finish" or complained that the fights weren't interesting because there was no drama. WEC events were wild. Never boring. Plenty of great finishes. One of the main reasons was the smaller cage accommodated sub-155'rs better. The fights in those weight classes were flat out better in the WEC than they are in the UFC(in addition to the smaller cage providing an optical illusion regarding the size of the athletes.) UFC on Fox 9 won't be held in an aircraft hanger. It will be at the ARCO Sleep Train Arena which for a UFC event will be just shy of 20,000 seats. With a live audience that size, the UFC's hand may be forced(correct me if I am wrong, but I believe Aldo vs Faber, also held at the ARCO used a bigger cage than most WEC events) But I think a smaller cage still may be possible and that idea should be explored for future cards featuring smaller fighters.(yo, wtf kind of name is Sleep Train Arena anyway? These corporate renamings of stadiums are out of hand. I hope Vince Offer's post-hooker-tongue-bite comeback is successful and he is able to buy a majority share in MSG, renaming that shit the Shamwow! Arena, you following me camera guy?)
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