Gilbert Melendez: 'I think I could do better than a lot of guys do against B.J. Penn'

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"B.J.'s on another level. [But] I think I could do better than a lot of guys do against B.J. A lot of guys sit back and want to last with B.J. I'd rather get knocked out in the center of the ring and go for it, than sit back and try to figure it out. If things aren't working, I'm going to charge B.J. and try to knock him out. It's better than just running away and not being able to engage."

Undisputed Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez compares himself to the recent crop of contenders in the UFC who have all tried (unsuccessfully) to dethrone current division deity BJ Penn. "El Nino" currently has his sights set on Japanese grappling phenom Shinya Aoki following his triumphant win over Josh Thomson in an action-packed war at Strikeforce: "Evolution" back on Dec. 19 -- but doesn't mind fantasy match-making with "The Prodigy." Anyone think Melendez has a chance to upset the Hawaiian should they ever cross paths?

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