Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 12/6/12
If you didn’t know before, you certainly know now. The mantra with the talented Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu squad has been and forever will be, “Bros before belts.” With Strikeforce reportedly set to close its doors following their January 12th show, reigning Strikeforce lightweight king Gilbert Melendez (Pictured) finds himself in a sticky predicament. His homie Nate Diaz challenges UFC 155-pound champ Benson Henderson for his belt this Saturday, and what happens in Seattle will directly influence the direction “El Nino” goes. “Gil’s talking about going to [the 145-pound division] and fighting for a title there,” Diaz revealed during Wednesday’s media workouts. “If [expletive] don’t go too well for [my] fight, the next champion [in this division] is going to be Gilbert Melendez for sure. “There’s no doubt in my mind. It’s like that, that’s where we stand.” Boasting a dominant 21-2 professional record, Melendez has long been considered the baddest lightweight not competing in the UF
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