Gil Melendez Appreciation Thread

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  1. YOLOGOGOPLATA

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    9-3 in title fights. He became Strikeforce LW Champion and defended the belt once, before losing it to Josh Thompson. Then he won the interim LW title, defending it once. He unified the titles in a rematch vs. Thompson, then went on to defend the belt 4 times, never losing it, and he avenged his only 2 up to that point against Thompson and Ishida. He was 0-2 in UFC title fights, a split decision loss vs. Bendo and a submission loss vs. Showtime. One of the greatest fights of all time vs. Diego Sanchez, when Gil's skills had started to diminish, and he still had crazy heart. In his prime he was one of the best LW's ever, and I think a case can be made that he is one of the top 5 LW's of all time. What are your favorite memories of El Nino?
     
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    Oh Giblert...
     
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    Smashing Kawaljeri at Shockwave.... beautiful violence, loved Gilbert in his heyday
     
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    Definite top 5. Sad how quickly his legacy is being forgotten about
     
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    I remember him leaping into Aoki’s guard with some nasty gnp
     
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    I had him beating Bendo
     
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    Melendez v Diego Sanchez is still one of my top 3 fights.

    Decent analyst as well.
     
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    Yea I like seeing him on ESPN from time to time. The guy is just likable.
     
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    Remember him knocking out Bozo Palling and then after hanging out with him at Pipeline nightclub. I regret that I never got to train with him. Really nice guy.
     
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    hello giblert
     
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    Here's a hot take.

    Gil is my favorite Skrap Pack member.
     
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    Fucking juice head, career is a fraud.

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    Thanks for clarifying who TS was talking about.

    At first i was like<{vega}>
     
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    He’s still on the roster?
     
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    Just like the gif and a suprising number of fighters that still find ways around. I have no idea about Gil, but it's a petty argument this day an age, some will always be ahead while others get sloppy. The one reason I believe Pride will always be the pinnacle of MMA, they let everyone be super human....and made for some specticals that will never be repeated. Yakuzu, roids, early fixes....blah, blah...best eva

    One thang I'll give Gil and the rest of the Cesar crew....they entertain....always, and that's what it's all about. Something Dana and the UFC, with their boxing copycat structure, never seem to capture at its best
     
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    Fuck yes
     
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    One of my favorite fighters of all time. I had him winning the Bendo fight.

    Melendez Vs. Penn in 2009 would have been epic.
     
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    One of my favorite lightweights ever. He used to be a violent man in SF.
     
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