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Gilbert Melendez: I Beat Benson Henderson

Gilbert Melendez lost a close UFC lightweight championship fight in his debut for the promotion. Many felt Melendez won, including the final Strikeforce lightweight champion.

“I think I proved that I am a better fighter than Benson,” said Melendez to Bleacher Report. “He’s a tough matchup to fight and I feel like I did beat him that night. Maybe I lost on the judge’s cards, but I know I won the fight. I held my ground and was ready to fight to the death right there and I don’t think he was.”

Henderson took a split-decision win over Melendez at UFC on FOX 7 in April. It was Henderson’s third title defense and snapped Melendez’s seven fight win streak out of Strikeforce.

Melendez is expected to meet Diego Sanchez sometime this year. Nothing official has been confirmed.