Talking with Fight! Magazine, Gilbert Melendez clears the air on his “war” with Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. “El Nino” may have walked away with the unanimous decision, however “The Dream’s” request for a rematch have been echoed by the fans as of late, invoking talks of a rematch in Mexcio City. Frustrated by the talks, Melendez clarifies that his goal is to earn the title, not rematch someone that he believes he defeated in a dominant fashion.
“I feel like I won every freaking round,” said Melendez. “I feel like he got hit a lot. If he’s saying that it was a draw. I think he’s a little delusional in that. You gotta say what you gotta say when you lose, to keep yourself in the right mentality, and feel like you’re still relevant, to campaign for yourself.
“I could have went two more rounds. You know what I mean? I felt like I was on to something. A lot of times he’s the guy that fires away and gets tired and I start attacking. They got a lot of timeouts for him. They weren’t going to stop it in the third round, there was no reason to call timeouts. I could go on and say how I feel, but I’m just happy I won. I feel I won every round. I think he is a little silly for saying that but he’s a weird guy. Sometimes he’s complimenting and sometimes he’s disrespectful, and I don’t think he even knows it.”
“It seemed like Dana loved it. He was just ‘Diego, Diego, Diego.’ I was waiting for my compliments and it was ‘Diego.’ I think it is something they do want to see. They’re talking ‘World War, lets do it in Mexico City.’ To be honest, that’s easy money. That was pretty good for me. If he thinks it was competitive I’ll be more than happy to bust him up again.
“But let’s not get it confused, my goal is to get the title as soon as possible. I want who’s next, either Josh Thomson or Anthony Pettis.”