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MMA Quick Quote: Gilbert Melendez wants Shinya Aoki on CBS


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"I think (Shinya Aoki's) tough. I think I have the proper game plan for him. I've got the proper training partners for him, and I think he knows I'd be a tough match for him. I'd love to fight that guy. If they could really make that happen in Strikeforce, I'm all over it. I'm ready for it, let's do it on CBS ... I'm the champ again, and now they're talking about me fighting the No. 2 guy in the world. One win away from being top five in the world again."

Undisputed Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez sets his sights 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 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. Strikeforce President Scott Coker has been laboring to get Aoki to come to San Jose and test himself against the promotion's top lightweights -- but is he biting off more than he can chew? What happens when you pit the fury of "El Nino" against the submissions of "The Tobikan Judan?" Opinions please.

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