Free Sample: Gilbert Melendez on becoming Strikeforce champion

We give you the introduction to our exclusive interview with the dominant Strikeforce lightweight champion on how high intensity training has paved his road to glory

30 November 2012    |    0 Comments

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To read our full and exclusive interview with Gilbert Melendez, click here to get yourself the latest issue of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

That Gilbert Melendez is underrated seems strange. The current Strikeforce lightweight champion and the promotion's most dominant marquee fighter, Melendez has been forged into one of the best 155lb competitors in the world by a combination of hard work and tough choices. As one of the key members of the Skrap Pack team, along with the Diaz brothers - Nate and Nick - plus Jake Shields, his career has spanned 10 years and seen him compete all over the world. If you've never seen him fight, it is high time you recognised the talent that is Gilbert 'El Nino' Melendez.

For any discerning fan of mixed martial arts, the sport is more than just the UFC's premier show. Strikeforce, just like the WEC, has been bought by Zuffa LLC with many of its athletes being transferred over to the UFC precisely because it produced some amazing events and promoted a number of big names. Yet for the more casual fan, many of its champions remain less well known than their UFC counterparts. Sad to say, Melendez could be placed in that bracket. But watch any of his fights, especially his trilogy of battles with Josh Thomson or his devastating destruction of Tatsuya Kawajira in their rematch, and you will quickly realise that 'El Nino' is a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division. His teammates know it, his fans know it; even Dana White knows it. They all recognise that the 30-year-old has faced off and defeated some of the best international talent that the 155lb division has to offer. That Gilbert will one day compete in the UFC Octagon seems a foregone conclusion but until that time Melendez will continue to produce the explosive and relentless performances he's known for as he defends his title. It is part of his character to be able to put everything else aside and go out and compete at the highest level. Mentally and physically, Melendez is the definition of a champ.

To read our full and exclusive interview with Gilbert Melendez, click here to get yourself the latest issue of Fighting Fit. To buy this edition via our app, please click here.

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