Dana White: Gilbert Melendez headed to the UFC 'as soon as possible'


Four down, one to go.

The UFC has slowly but surely taken every champion from the Strikeforce roster, siphoning every bit of top talent from the promotion. Last night, Dana White put yet another nail in the soon to be completed coffin for the San Jose based organization.

With Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz and Alistair Overeem already having made the jump, White indicated he's about to bring in one more.

Speaking at the UFC on Versus 6 post-fight press conference, the President had this to say regarding current Strikforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez:

"We do want to bring Gilbert Melendez over and we're looking at it right now. We're going to bring Melendez over ASAP. We're looking to bring him over now."

White, however, stopped short of guaranteeing "El Nino" an immediate tite shot:

"It's a possibility. The thing is that division is so stacked. And usually timing has a lot to do with it."

The timing couldn't be better, what with the UFC lightweight title being up for grabs on Oct. 8, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, as current champ Frankie Edgar defends his strap against Gray Maynard.

Could we get an announcement as early as next weekend regarding the status of Melendez? And if the move is made, what will become of his rumored December title defense against Jorge Masvidal?

Maybe just bring them both over? How's that sound to you Maniacs?


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