UFC 167: Previewing Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

By Jeremy Green
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Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez are set  to go to war next weekend for UFC 167, which takes place in Houston. Both fighters are looking to get an impressive win in hopes of a title shot, which is currently being held by Anthony Pettis.

Coming into this exciting lightweight bout, Melendez sports an overall record of 21-3. He is one of the best lightweights in the world, and some even feel he should be a champion after his epic bout with Ben Henderson which took place in April of this year. It was a back and forth bout where Melendez was able to land some hard punches, and also thwart Henderson’s wrestling.

Still, the judges gave Henderson the split decision, and he had to go back to the drawing board. Against Sanchez, he gets the chance to revitalize his career in hopes of making another statement.

Sanchez comes into this fight off a much-needed win over Takanori Gomi. It was a controversial split-decision win, but a win nonetheless. Sanchez has gone to war with many great fighters and come out on top, such as against Martin Kampmann, Paulo Thiago, Clay Guida and Nick Diaz.

A win over Melendez would be his biggest win to date, and may even grant him a title shot if he can get a decisive win over the former Strikeforce champ.

Both of these fighters like to push the pace against their opponent, and whether it’s standing or on the ground, they are always looking to finish. This bout has Fight of the Night written all over it.

Jeremy Green is a MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus.

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