Common sense, of course.
The UFC needs to strike while the iron is hot -- and "El Nino," the reigning Strikeforce lightweight champion, is the biggest threat to the Edgar era at the present time.
Strikeforce has also become irrelevant, and so has pillaging their divisions of its champions. That's probably why, in the last few months, we've seen Nick Diaz, Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem all head to Zuffa.
Furthermore, UFC President Dana White has a job to do: Put on the best fights avaliable.
You can easily set up Edgar vs. Melendez for Superbowl weekend and have the winner of Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson get the next shot in summer 2012.
Melendez hasn't seen the inside of a cage since a successful title defense against Japanese "Crusher," Tatsuya Kawajiri back in April. That win marked "El Nino's" fifth in a row on a record that also includes a win over Clay Guida.
So why not?
Melendez was in talks to fight Jorge Masvidal, who is a legitimate threat, but why derail the biggest lightweight fight you have while unifying the division titles?
How about it fellow fight fans, do you agree that Gilbert Melendez deserves the next shot at Edgar? Why or why not?