It was around 2009 that everybody and their mother was talking about the big lightweight fight that was Penn Vs. Aoki. However, after Aoki got played like a fiddle by Melendez and then starched by Alvarez the popular opinion was that of a Penn first round drubbing. I'm inclined to agree, but what if the lightweight bout to make in 2009 had been Penn Vs. Melendez? That brings us to this thread. For Penn, 2009 was the peak of his lightweight career. He had never looked better in his tactical dissection of Florian and his brilliant domination of Sanchez. Not much more needs to be said about these fights because a picture is worth a thousand words. Someone please insert a heartbroken Florian and a Sanchez with a goats vagina about his eye. Thank you in advance. On the flip side I personally believe Melendez was just then coming into his absolute prime as a fighter. No one knew it at the time, but now it's fairly obvious. The reason no one knew it at the time is because of the rocky 2008 Melendez had. He had sported a 1-2 record that year. Dropping a UD to Ishida in Japan, returning to the United States to TKO the unheralded Gabe Lemely, and then losing his Strikeforce lightweight crown to Thomson. 2009 seemed to light a fire under him though. Starting the year off with a KO of Rodrigo Damm, following it up with a third round stoppage of Ishida to avenge the first loss of his professional career, and then capping off the year by retrieving his championship against Thomson. Knowing what we now know not only about Penn having trouble with Edgar and having his career sputter out of the sky, but also about Melendez going on an absolute tear against Aoki, Kawajiri, Masvidal, and capping off his trilogy in a winning effort against Thomson - how do you believe a Penn Vs. Melendez fight would have gone down around 2009? I personally have Penn winning an extremely hard fought, but clear cut 3-2 UD. How about you guys?