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Nice try, Thomson

Saturday night’s co-main event featured Gilbert Melendez defending his strap against Josh Thomson, and it was a pretty entertaining battle that saw Melendez take a ‘controversial’ split decision win. I’m not really sure what all the controversy is about … Mel won rounds 1, 2, and 3 while Thomson took 4 and 5. All that post-decision booing just had to do with Josh taking those last rounds in more dominant fashion than Gilbert took his. Maybe in Japan that’d earn you a win, but this is the States and the 10 point must system cares not for your late fight rallies!

If Josh hadn’t backpedaled his way through the first half of the fight, we might have a new Strikeforce lightweight champ. As it is, Gilbert Melendez ends up taking a hit on his ‘#1 lightweight in the world’ claim. That’s what you get for spending the entire lead-up to your fight downplaying your opponent’s abilities, man.

Oh, and Gil also came off like a tool after his fight. Here he is trying to get a flinch out of one of the boo-birds.

(gifs via jillsandwich and reddit)

  • Reverend Clint

    neither guy is really going anywhere in life.

  • TheRimReaper

    @ Clint, well thats kind of the deal IMO.

    Most fighters, especially good ones probably expect a bit of excitement from a career in fighting.

    How many times can Gilbert stay enthusiastic about fighting Thompson or over-rated Japanese dudes over and over again?
    It probably going to start to feel like flipping burgers for a living after awhile.

    They really need to bring all the decent guys from strikeforce into the UFC so that they can have a goal and reason to train and compete other then just being employed.

    A handful of good fighters are wasting time over there.

    They need to stop fooling around and just make SF the feeder, chick and light duty promotion.

  • Fightlinker

    Agreed

  • Night Rider

    Fuck Gil Melendez, he is a fucking dick. As long as hes half assing shit and downplaying dudes he almost lost to he can rot in strikeforce forever. Nothing I hate more than shittalking a guy post fight, then flexing on fans, what an emotional tool.

  • KrmtDfrog

    note his fiance in the background who hits/mushes the boobird as well

  • Ron Jeremy

    hahaha, she gives him a shove. NEVER touch a fan unless he does it first

  • https://twitter.com/#!/JHScramble Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    Melendez has all the class of a Diaz brother.  Fuck YOU, bitch.

    Hopefully this ridiculous notion that Melendez was #1 in the world can cease.  He’s probably not in the top 5 if he was in the  UFC. 

  • drunkenjunk

    melendez is a joke, can’t wait for him to get smashed when he comes to the UFC.

    Anyone else notice how flat chasted his fiance was either. I know I was really hammered but I just could not get over her lack of tits. It was like they caved into her chest.

  • drunkenjunk

    Thompson won that fight.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Neither of them won that fight, they just sucked at alternating frequencies.

    I think all of Gil’s nuthuggers who have accumulated since his Crusher-crushing have come loose.  He needs to actually beat a few legit guys before he opens his mouth about rankings again.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Gil turned me into a non believer with that performance and lost me as a fan with his post fight actions. No champ who defends their belt would care about booing fans, Gil knows the win is fraudulent and that’s why he was aggro about it.
    I can see guys like Bendo and Frankie tooling him on pace and cardio alone. Dude may still be a top 10 lightweight but I don’t see him having any skills to take or keep the ufc lightweight belt.

  • Night Rider

    ^^yeah^^ and Fuck Gil Melendez , may he catch drippy Venereal Diseases

  • iamphoenix

    I have not watched any of their fights, so I have not invested any homosexual feelings about them like everyone else here. I’m also cooler than you.

  • frickshun

    I agree w/Phoeniggz. He’s cooler than us.

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