Gilbert Melendez Talks UFC Return, Breaking His Recent “Slump”

UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez is a mixed martial arts veteran. The fighting phenom has faced off against some of the toughest and most talented fighters around during his tenure with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Strikeforce. Now Melendez has come forward with a few words concerning his big octagon return.

Gilbert Melendez most recently faced off against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215. While Melendez severely damaged his leg early in the fight, the mixed martial arts warrior elected to stay in the match until the brutal end. Stephens would go on to earn a unanimous decision victory over his opponent.

Speaking on MMA Junkie Radio, Melendez offered his thoughts on a big octagon return.

“That’s the only thing holding me back right now from jumping in. I feel like I haven’t taken too many beatings, but my leg has taken a lot of beatings.”

“I wouldn’t mind healing up my body a little bit. There’s money to be made, and I do want to go out there and give myself at least one more chance to give it my all and try to bounce back from this slump.”

“I want someone that makes sense for me, that I can stand with a little bit and stay in the pocket a little bit more. Maybe someone a little older, like Gil.”

“This is the most important fight right now for me. I need to win, or it’s time for me to really sit back. If I win, I keep going. If I lose, I’m going sit back and regroup and see what’s next.”

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