Gilbert Melendez believes the respect he craved came when he stopped caring

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Gilbert Melendez, the last Strikeforce lightweight champion, discusses what advantages he believes he has over UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in their upcoming bout at UFC on Fox 7, why the timing for this bout is right, the pressure of winning a belt for his team and why the respect he desperately was looking for only really came once he stopped looking for it.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker