Some people are saying Melendez doesn't deserve a shot based on his last performance against Josh Thomson. But honestly, there's so many reasons why Melendez deserves a shot over the Pettis & Cerrone winner. - Melendez has been floating amongst the top 3 LW's in the world for quite some time. People forget the rankings in which the fighters he fought were at the time he fought them. Shinya Aoki is one of notable wins that he has, Aoki was known as one of the top LW's in the world & Melendez handled him with ease. - Melendez is the last Strikeforce Lightweight Champion & a Title Unification is the only obvious thing to do. - Cerrone already lost to Benson twice, it'd be hard to market that fight a 3rd time, even though their 1st fight could've gone either way, Benson won the decision and it's already stated on his record. - Anthony Pettis lost his shot at the title against Guida, who Benson beat prior to fighting for the title. - Anthony Pettis is coming off a win over Joe Lauzon. Though Lauzon was riding high on his win over the ranked at the time Melvin Guillard. Joe Lauzon wasn't ranked and has no top 10 wins whatsoever. Cerrone is coming off a win over Guillard during the time that Guillard wasn't ranked, and he still isn't. This doesn't warrant a shot in my opinion. - & Lastly, Benson has been open to fighting Melendez lately anyways, I think the Pettis vs. Cerrone winner should fight Alvarez if he were to come over, or someone like Gray Maynard to solidify a shot a shot at the title. They both don't have any top 10 wins as of recent. Maybe Cerrone over Siver, but that was a way while back.