Although some think he should get an introductory fight first....
Following the UFC 155 pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White told media members that he agrees with Melendez (via MMA Fighting):
"It will probably come right away. We'll see."
Granted, Dana has been less than consistent following through on his promises of title contention. But, this does at least show that Melendez is in the proverbial mix.
It has been more than a year since UFC president Dana White first declared that Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez was making the move to the Octagon.
It has been more than a year of sheer torture for Melendez and his Strikeforce counterparts that time and again thought Strikeforce had hit the end of the road and that they were going to get a shot on the biggest stage in all of mixed martial arts.
Now, however, there is finally a definitive conclusion to the Strikeforce, Showtime, UFC soap opera.
Strikeforce will run one more event, on Jan. 12 on Showtime, and that will be that. Strikeforce will then cease to exist, and the UFC will pick up many of the fighters and give them a run at the Octagon.
One of the key players to make that move is Melendez, who still holds the Strikeforce belt, but can’t wait to set foot in the Octagon. And White can’t wait for him and the other fighters on the roster to make the move. It’s one of his greatest regrets about the Strikeforce/Showtime debacle. Read the Full Story HERE