Though considered by many to be a legitimate threat to Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez’s belt, still more expect El Niño to run through the 26-year-old before making the move to the UFC’s lightweight division.
This is due in part to the fact that Masvidal remains relatively unknown in the mainstream and also because his record is a bit spotty, sporting losses to some middle-of-the-road competition. In a recent conversation with MMAJunkie.com, Masvidal spoke about his record and why he doesn’t plan on giving Melendez his last victory as Strikeforce champ.
“I didn’t lose to Paul Daley,” Masvidal said. “That Rodrigo Damm stoppage was the worst stoppage of all time. I got robbed by Junior Assuncao. Then in Miami, my own home city, Bellator canceled my fight (with Luis Palomino) and then put it back on. I cut 16 pounds in one day, man. I went out there and still won the fight. I’ve been robbed more than a 7-Eleven, man.”
Masvidal isn’t taking it personally that all anyone can seem to talk about is Melendez’s future in the UFC, believing that he’ll alter the mass’ perception of him with a win over Melendez.
“I really don’t care what people think,” he said. “The only way I would feel disrespected was if my daughter was to call me a bum. Dana thinks that Gil’s the No. 1 guy he’s going to bring over. That’s cool. If after Dec. 17 people are still thinking the same way, then I’ll feel disrespected.”
Melendez and Masvidal will square off in the main event of the December 17-scheduled Strikeforce fight card, which will air live from the Valley View Casino in San Diego, California.