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"Frankie's tough. He's shown it again and again. But Gray kind of laid out a blueprint for how to beat Frankie for one round, so now if someone could figure out how to keep it up for two, three, four, five, I think they'll possibly be successful. He's an amazing fighter and I think he'll have the belt for a while, but there is no one that you feel can't be dethroned or that is unbeatable or anyone you fear, at least in my opinion. I think he's a great fighter, but, again, I don't (label) him untouchable."
-- Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez tells Heavy MMA he thinks UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar is an "amazing" fighter. But that doesn't make him untouchable. In fact, Gray Maynard laid out the exact blueprint for defeating "The Answer" at both UFC 125 and UFC 136. In short, put the pressure on and knock the crap out of him for five rounds. That's easier said than done, of course, as evidenced by the fact that "The Bully" failed in his conquest, though he had one very successful opening round in both fights. Is Melendez the guy who can take that game plan and make it work for all five rounds? He may very well be but first, he'll have to get through Jorge Masvidal on Dec. 17. Edgar, meanwhile, has a date with Ben Henderson, who could also execute that strategy, on Feb. 26 in Japan. If both men emerge victorious, it's highly likely a unification bout will be in order. Anyone care to venture a guess on how that fight would play out? Would Melendez be the one to take Edgar's title away with the strategy Maynard couldn't keep up?