In a perfect world Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez decision victory over Jorge Masvidal would have been his swan song for the promotion before heading to the bright lights of the UFC where an endless supply of entertaining match-ups would await him.
Unfortunately that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen according to UFC President Dana White who earlier in the week revealed that Strikeforce had signed a new deal with Showtime that will result in it’s key fighters like Melendez staying put.
It’s a great shame as the reality is there’s just not any significant challenges left for the 20-2 Melendez in Strikeforce’s relatively thin 155lb weight class.
Sure he could fight KJ Noons who also won tonight at the Strikeforce event in San Diego, but given that Melendez just comfortably outpointed Masvidal who beat up Noons earlier in the year it’s not a fight that’s going to capture the imagination of the fans or give Melendez the kind of challenge he needs.
At 29 years of age ‘El Nino’ is currently in his prime and has the record and well rounded skill-set that would make him a perfect opponent to take on the winner of February’s Frankie Edgar Vs Ben Henderson title fight.
If Dana White doesn’t pull the strings neccessary to make this happen and instead leaves Melendez to feed on the scraps of the lightweight division’s leftovers then it’ll be a real blunder on his part and a tremendous waste of talent.