Gilbert Melendez Taking Bout With Jorge Masvidal Seriously
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
When Gilbert Melendez steps in the cage on December 17th to face Jorge Masvidal some fans may be under the impression that the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion is a lock to defend his title but Melendez isn_t looking at the fight that way at all.
Melendez spoke about the fight this week with the OC Register and discussed the importance of staying motivated on his quest to be the number lightweight fighter in the world:
"A lot of people have been talking nonsense; that Jorge, he_s - like he_s no good," Melendez said. "You_re going to run by him and that talk kind of bothers me because some people are ignorant. They don_t really follow the game that much. If you don_t fight in the UFC, they think you_re no good.
"So what_s been the challenge for me is motivating myself and staying motivated and pumping myself up. So this means a lot to myself; just not to fans, not to anybody. This fight is for me just to prove that I can defend my throne, and I_m the big favorite here and I have a tough guy who_s underrated and I got to really come through."
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