UFC 166    October 19, 2013
Gilbert Melendez
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You have to acknowledge Gilbert Melendez is coming off a potentially heartbreaking split-decision loss for the UFC title. Now, are we concerned? Not really. Melendez had his share of "letdown" spots as a Strikeforce champion and took care of business. He should beat Diego Sanchez. Sanchez is fearless and a good brawler because he tucks his chin, gets in range and throws straight, fairly accurate punches. On the outside, though, Melendez has a piston of a right hand that will find him. Inside, Melendez is more physical and will get the positions he wants. Melendez has never been finished, and his wide stance and wrestling ability will thwart any Sanchez attempt to get it to the ground.
-- Brett Okamoto


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