Gilbert Melendez went into his title fight with Benson Henderson and wasn’t looking to grapple on the ground. Rather, the challenger had hoped his standing would bring home the gold.
Henderson took a close split-decision at UFC on FOX to remain champion.
“I don’t want to give up my game plan, but I’ve gained confidence in the wrestling and grappling department,” said Melendez on Knockout Radio. “I didn’t think I shot too much. I didn’t want to engage him on the ground. I felt like he might have an advantage there but I think I know now that I feel a little more confident in those positions.”
While Melendez is confident he will get another crack at the title, it won’t be an immediate one. The final Strikeforce lightweight champion has to wait as a new No.1 contender is named at UFC 160’s Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant.
Melendez is now 21-3 after his UFC debut loss.