Is Strikeforce protecting Gilbert Melendez from Eddie Alvarez?
Another big win for the Bellator lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez over former UFC star Roger Huerta. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney once again talks about the possible Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce lightweight champ) fight with Alvarez. Rebney insinuates the only problem is the fact that Strikeforce promotion does not want the match.
“There aren’t promotional issues. There aren’t any barriers. There aren’t any hurdles… What television network is it going to be on? We’ll do it on Showtime. Where will the fight happen? Well, let’s do it in San Jose. The answers to the questions are very simple. There’s no reason that fight shouldn’t happen but for the fact that the promoter of Gilbert Melendez doesn’t want it to occur.”
Alvarez himself seems to share the same sentiment as well about the situation.
“Scott Coker doesn’t want it to happen. He’s trying to obviously protect his champion. I guess he has every right to. He has a business to run. Whatever… I want to be number one in the world, and the only way to do that is to fight people like Gilbert [Melendez]. If we can get our hands on him and the contracts work out, then that’s what we’ll do. Until then, it’s just talk. The paper’s gotta be signed. Let’s make it happen.”
The talks have officially went from a friendly planning to an all out call-out