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Jake Shields can’t wait for Gil and Nick in the UFC

Ever since Jake Shields landed in the UFC, every mention of his buddies / training partners Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez ends up being about how he can’t wait till they’re in the UFC too. Wink wink.

Speaking of training partners, you were asked in the press conference last week about bringing some of your Cesar Gracie teammates with you into the UFC and you said you hoped they’d be here soon. Do you believe the UFC would be a better situation for Nick Diaz & Gilbert Melendez?
Yes, of course. Strikeforce is a good organization. But ultimately, I feel they don’t push the right people. I don’t feel like Nick & Gilbert have gotten the attention they deserve. They pick guys like Cung Le to push. And they push Gina Carano and Frank Shamrock. But they have Nick and Gil, who are both top five fighters in the world. UFC would be the best spot for both of them.

Did you have that same complaint when you were there?
Yeah, definitely. In my first fight in the UFC, they gave me way more push than Strikeforce did the whole time I was there. The UFC just knows how to market. They know how to build stars and they know what they’re doing. They’re really professional.

Fortunately for Strikeforce, Gil Melendez is one loyal motherfucker and the UFC might not even be interested in a headache like Nick. Plus there’s the issue of champ clauses in both fighters’ contracts, meaning neither is gonna be leaving on a winning streak. Still, when you have the best friend of two of your champions constantly talking about how great it’s gonna be when they’re together in the UFC, it’s gotta make you at least a little paranoid.

  • Nachtfalter

    Now, I’m sure Gilbert Melendez is a loyal person. He’s obviously very loyal to his camp and he has been loyal to Strikeforce as well but I think his loyalty to Coker & Co. is slowly but surely coming to an end.

    Gil talks about wanting to face the top fighters in the world and striving to be the number 1 ranked lightweight in the world with such passion and resolve that I find it hard to believe he’s gonna be happy fighting Josh Thomson until the end of time. I’d be willing to bet we’re going to see Melendez in the UFC by 2012 at the latest. Unless he loses a couple of times and becomes a less interesting commodity for the UFC to invest in, that is.

    Nick Diaz on the other hand… I don’t know if Joe Silva wants him back. I’d love to see him in the UFC (as is the case with pretty much every good fighter) but I don’t really see it happening.

  • mamoru

    Gil is going to split at some point, I’m sure.
    Way too driven to be content fighting fancy pants and thomson and the like.

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying

    “Fortunately for Strikeforce, Gil Melendez is one loyal motherfucker and the UFC might not even be interested in a headache like Nick.”

    You know, lately FL I don’t know what to make of you… Is this a back-handed attempt to complement Gil? The often & over-done snipe at Nick Diaz? Foreshadowing of things to come? Heavy flow? Or perhaps you just might be on to something!

    It boils down to one thing ladies and gents, $.

    The UFC just lost it’s biggest star in Epic-Fashion. By no means does this leave them at a loss. Cain Velasquez is marketable as a credible champion; Technically sound, superior conditioning, and an intelligent approach to the fight game. But if 2011 is going to draw big numbers they need the best in the world to do it!

    That means no Rival Promotions, no fighter’s resting outside of the top competition, and no question who has the superior product when they move into new markets (Network TV, Global Markets).

    We can argue GSP vs 209, and Fedor, but the best fighters must meet in one place (ref. Kumite) It’s time to shell out that proverbial Fat Cash!

  • thingvolds

    assuming nick and gil have a champ clause. they more than likely do. but their teammate jake didnt, so its conceivable they might not. but highly unlikely as they have different managers.

  • mamoru

    They both also fought since the whole Shields thing, and I can’t imagine even Coker and gang being dumb enough to not have every champ sign a champ clause pronto after that shit.

  • Simco

    They want Nick if he’ll just “play the game a little.”
    White has said that in multiple interviews over several months.

  • 32hunter

    fUCK YOU ^

  • Reverend Clint

    i think gil would get worked in the UFC

  • glassjawsh

    ^ no worries, clint just forgot the last part of that sentence, it should read: I think gil would get worked in the UFC “if he fought bj penn or gray maynard”