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Strikeforces Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson disinterested in future rubbermatch ... for now




"Now that we got our stuff done with, it’s up to us to prove we’re the best 55ers. Me and him are badass. I think me and him can take out all the dudes in UFC and all the dudes in DREAM. It’s about the respect. We can beat a lot of those guys. We’re complete MMA fighters. A lot of guys aren't.... There’s gonna be a third one, huh? I’m not looking forward to it. I left my heart out there. I don’t know if they showed it on TV but I puked a little bit afterward. I think we put on a great show. I‘m cool with calling it even."

Undisputed Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez reveals that a third fight with Josh Thomson is not something that he is currently looking forward to any time soon. Thomson, after the five-round thriller, as in complete agreement. "El Nino" bested "The Punk" in an action-packed war at Strikeforce: "Evolution" last night (Dec. 19) from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. With the win he not only unified the 155-pound title, but also avenged a loss from 18 months ago. He and Thomson -- who are good friends when not beating the snot out of each other -- now plan to turn their aggression toward other fighters in the division. Most notably, Strikeforce President Scott Coker is traveling to Japan next week to try and get Shinya Aoki to sign a bout agreement to fight Melendez sometime in early 2010. In addition, Coker mentioned that Thomson could take on recent acquisition and former Elite XC lightweight champion, KJ Noons, in his next appearance. Those are some fantastic potential match ups, but a trilogy match between Melendez and Thomson is something that simply has to happen at some point down the road, whether they like it or not. Agree or disagree, Maniacs?

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