Originally Posted by Miracle Worker
I believe Melendez deserved more the title shot anyway. His loss to Bendo was so close that it was rematch worthy and now that the champion has changed he should be ahead of Grant.
Grant's only title-related big win is Gray Maynard, who looked awful in his last three fights. Maynard's perfomance in his November fight with Diaz will show us better where Grant stands right now in the LW division.
"Gray Maynard, who looked awful in his last three fights".
Maynard/Edgar 3. Maynard, with a two week "weight cutting" Camp at some local dojo, no sparring and pain injections up until a week before the fight. Yet we have all seen fights stopped for less than what Maynard did to Edgar in R1.
Maynard/Guida. Clay Guida was willing to risk his entire career and incur a "Timidity" call rather than engage Gray Maynard. He was perfectly willing to take his chances with Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis, yet avoided a fight with Maynard at all costs.
Maynard dropped his hands and allowed Guida free shots and nearly submitted Guida in the process, along with out striking Clay when he could catch him.
Maynard/TJ Grant. Maynard had not fought in a year and his fourth fight in 4 years.
Although "finished" by a Grant fighting with the eye of the Tiger, in just the few initial exchanges, Maynard hurt Grant far worse than acknowledged. Grant has not fought since and may never.
You are right about Maynard/Diaz. It was made to determine where they both stand.
You're a little harsh with your critique; or, you don't watch fights and are uninformed.
Melendez was perfectly happy to lose a less than stellar, glorified sparring match rather than fight with a sense of urgency. He certainly didn't deserve Ben's Title from that fight.
A top twenty Diego Sanchez win, in a fight where Gil was in jeopardy, certainly doesn't equate to earning a Title Fight.