Found April 17, 2013 on Juiced Sports Blog:
Just a few days away from making his much-anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, Gilbert Melendez has been giving his thoughts on the differences between he and his UFC on FOX 7 opponent, Ben Henderson. According to "El Nino," Henderson — the UFC lightweight champion — is a very gifted and talented athlete who is now becoming a fighter, while the "scrapper" Melendez, is a fighter who has become an athlete. Having said that, the former Strikeforce 155-pound champion believes the experience he obtained through the "wars" and "battles" he's been involved in over his 11-year mixed martial arts (MMA) career have tested his mettle and chin, giving him an advantage when he faces "Smooth" this weekend (April 20, 2013) in San Jose, California. His words to Bleacher Report: "I think I have the advantage in a couple of areas. I won't go too much into detail. I've been in a lot of wars and I've been in a lot of battles. My chin has been tested and I like to test people's chins as well. I'm a fighter. Maybe I wasn't the most gifted athletically, but I'm a fighter who's become an athlete. I think he's an athlete who's becoming a fighter. I think that's the difference. He is very athletic, very mentally strong and very talented, but, I think I'm the scrapper in this thing and I'm going to make this a fight." And while Gilbert believes he has the advantage in many areas, he will be looking to capitalize on another should Benson "slip" during the fight while looking ahead to a "super fight" against current UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre. While a bout between "Rush" and "Smooth" is highly unlikely, Benson did show interest in the contest a few weeks ago, but company president Dana White quickly shot it down. Nevertheless, Melendez isn't banking on someone as "mentally strong" as Benson to overlook him, he's is solely focusing on doing what he has to do to finally be able to prove he is the best lightweight in the world. Can "El Nino" do what his teammate Nate Diaz couldn't do at UFC on FOX 5 and stop the red-hot Henderson?, http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/ufc-on-fox-7-‘scrapper’-gilbert-melendez-is-going-to-make-ben-henderson-fight-in-san-jose
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

UFC of FOX: Henderson vs Melendez Main Event Breakdown

The UFC returns to network television this Saturday for another instalment of the UFC on FOX series where lightweight champ Benson Henderson puts his belt on the line for the third time in a super-fight against longtime Strikeforce champ, Gilbert Melendez.. What excites me the most about this particular card is that it is at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, which means I will be in...

Gilbert Melendez has words for Benson Henderson: “Benson is not my friend. In fact, he’s the enemy that day and I have to destroy him.”

  After years and years and years and years and years (I think you get it) of waiting, finally Gilbert Melendez is coming to the Octagon. Can you believe it’s already been 36 months since he dominated Shinya Aoki in Nashville to retain the Strikeforce title? Now he fights Ben Henderson to unify the two lightweight straps in a clear battle of number one vs. number two. Or 1A vs...

‘UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez’ Takes Last-Minute Hit

With just four days remaining until the Octagon returns to primetime television, the lightweight affair between “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes” winner Norman Parke (pictured) and Jon Tuck has been pulled from the “UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez” lineup. Tuck suffered an undisclosed injury, and with his removal coming so close to showtime, the promotion was unable...

Henderson, Melendez meet in title bout

By RICK EYMER Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. -- UFC lightweight division champion Benson Henderson cares less about where a fight is held and more about the outcome. Let it take place in the parking lot of a convenience store and he'll still just want the win. Gilbert Melendez's mixed martial arts career was in full bloom while Henderson was still in school. He's...

‘UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez’ Live Weigh-In Results

All the fighters slated to participate in tomorrow night’s “’UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez” event will be tipping the scale today inside California Theatre in San Jose, California. The first athlete is scheduled to weigh-in at approximately 7PM ET/4PM PT. Please click HERE if you would like to stream today’s weight competition. Reigning UFC lightweight champ Benson...

UFC On FOX 7 predictions and analysis

In the main event of the evening UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson makes yet another appearance on the Fox Network as he battles the final Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez in a battle of two champions.

Henderson vs. Melendez: The pros predict the main event of UFC on FOX 7

By Jorge Hernandez UFC on FOX 7 will go down this Saturday, featuring a compelling clash between the Former Strikeforce Lightweight kingpin Gilbert ”El Nino” Melendez and the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson for the 155-pound title in San Jose, California. The main card will be broadcast free on FOX. Before the champ and challenger face off inside...

Arianny Celeste strips in an elevator

UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste stripped down to a bikini in an elevator for  CINEFIX.
MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.