MMA News: Bellator vs. Strikeforce, Gilbert Melendez and More Updates

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1. WEC in the UFC already: Multiple published reports are saying that the UFC is already bringing in WEC weight classes into the fold. Featherweights (145lbs) Leonard Garcia and Tyler Toner are expected to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale on December 4. The bout would be the first featherweight bout in UFC history, and would kick start the merger between the UFC and sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting. This is great news. Better now than later. And UFC fans will remember Garcia from his first stint in the UFC. Also, it’s a very exciting fight to showcase the “little” guys, if some UFC fans don’t know about Garcia.

2. Scott Coker says Bjorn Redney didn’t text him: Scott Coker says he hasn’t heard from Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney regarding Alvarez vs. Melendez. “Bjorn’s saying he’s texting me 11, 12 times an hour. I’m not sure if he’s trying to be a level-five clinger or anything like that, but I haven’t received one text from the guy. I’m not sure what the motivation is, but maybe it’s just his way of  staying in the media, staying in the press…It’s very obvious to me he’s using the media as a platform to try to do his business, but that’s not how we’re going to do business. If he wants to do business, call me or fly out here, come sit down with me.” Really? Because I highly doubt Rebney would just say he texted Coker and didn’t. And what’s so bad about building hype through the media. Both organizations need it, so have at it.

3. Bjorn Redney proves he texted Scott Coker: Bellaotr’s CEO, Bjorn Rebney has proof that he has indeed texted Scott Coker about Alvarez vs. Melendez. He even proposed a joint PPV endeavor. Two examples, “Scott, Can we talk Monday re: Eddie v. Gilbert super-fight? This could be great for Strikeforce & Bellator. Thanks, Bjorn” “Any chance of our discussing Ed v. Gilbert and what about Hector v. Jacare & Nick v. Benn? Great PPV show. Let’s discuss. Bjorn.” Face! There are pics of this as well. Coker just needs to get this done. And that PPV looks good to me. I got Bellator taking at least two of those match-ups. Let’s see it.

4. Roy Nelson is disappointed: In an interview with, Roy Nelson says he’s disappointed with the UFC. “I think my feelings were a little hurt. I was hoping they could find somebody to replace [Carwin]. This is one of the biggest cards of the year, and I was in the co-main event, and I was really trying to make sure my knee was better. The UFC really pushed me hard to get through with my rehab so I could fight on this card. My doctors said I shouldn’t fight again until February or March, but I stepped up because the UFC wanted me to. I stepped up for the UFC, and I hoped they would do the same for me…” He has a point, but if he was told not to fight until February or March, but decided against it to help the UFC, he should be happy that now he can wait until the suggested time. Just saying.

5. Gilbert Melendez wants to fight the top fighters: asked Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez about a possilbe super-fight with Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez. “If I’m still with Strikeforce, I think that fight does need to happen. The only other way is if I move on and somehow I’m in the UFC fighting out there. If I beat Josh Thomson again, if I beat Shinya again, it’s not really going to do nothing for my status or to make my spot go up…That’s why I want this fight.” IF you are still with Strikeforce? Hmmm, methinks Melendez is thinking about jumping ship. He’s basically saying he wants to be #1, and that can’t be done in Strikeforce. Sure, there’s Alvarez, but after that, who? Expect Melendez, should he keep winning, to end up in the UFC after his contract is up.

MMA Quick Hits 11/1/10: Bellator vs. Strikeforce PPV, Gilbert Melendez in the UFC is a post originally from: - In Sports We Trust


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