My lightweight champion can beat up your lightweight champion!
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently appeared on MMAWeekly Radio, discussing the state of the lightweight division in general and how Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez fits into it specifically.
The 20-2 Melendez recently extended his current winning streak to six straight by repelling the very tough and criminally underrated Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision, a fight that many believed would be Melendez’s last in Strikeforce. It’s looking more and more like Melendez will be relegated to Strikeforce while Zuffa tries to build that brand, but most are still holding out hope that we’ll get to see El Niño mix it up with the best lightweights in the UFC – including Coker.
“I believe he is the No. 1 lightweight in the world,” Coker said of Melendez. “Believe me, those other guys, I take nothing away from them. Listen, styles make fights, and I’m really looking at Frankie Edgar and Gilbert, that match-up as to who would win that fight and how that fight would look.
“Ben Henderson, Cowboy Cerrone, all those guys are extremely talented, but like I said styles make fights. I think Gilbert and Frankie would be a great fight, but I think Gilbert would come out on top.”
Melendez defeated Masvidal at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal last weekend at the Valley View Casino in San Diego, California.