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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gilbert Melendez was fighting in Japan in 2004 when fans there started calling him “El Niño.”

“I wrecked up three or four of their guys, and they said I was taking Japan by storm, wiping everything out in my path,” he said. “I like it. It’s a lot better than other guys who come up with their own nicknames for themselves.”

It may seem as if “El Niño” is idling now, as the mixed martial arts champion is waiting for a chance to fight the best grapplers in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but Melendez (20-2) is still inflicting damage. He defends his Strikeforce lightweight title belt against Josh Thomson (19-4) on Saturday night in the co-main event at HP Pavilion in San Jose.

“I may have had a hard time getting motivated at first, but I am now,” said Melendez, who grew up in Santa Ana before wrestling at San Francisco State. “I take defending my belt seriously, as well as doing well for my family and my fans.”

Melendez, 30, is fighting Thomson for the third time, having lost the first before soundly beating him in 2009.

“I just have to stay focused, and my stock is going to continue to rise,” said Melendez, who will have three more fights on his Strikeforce contract after Saturday night. “I just have to wait a little longer to get the big UFC fights.”

Why isn’t Melendez in the UFC?

“You’re talking to the wrong guy. Politics? And I think Showtime and Strikeforce needed me, and let’s face it, I signed a contract. I am getting paid well, so I can’t complain.”

Other fighters made the leap to UFC when it bought out Strikeforce, and Melendez was, in many ways, left behind on the island.

“Gilbert Melendez is a Strikeforce fighter, and he’s been great (to deal with),” UFC president Dana White told MMA Weekly. “He wants to come over here (to the UFC), and he wants to challenge himself against the best, and I know a lot of other people want to see it too, but he’s in that Strikeforce deal.”

As long as Melendez can avoid Thomson’s dangerous push kicks, he should be able to use his superior wrestling game and striking prowess to emerge victorious.

Then he can return to the gym – his gym – and continue training for what many feel is his UFC destiny.

Melendez opened El Niño Training Center, on Potrero Hill, in 2009 and expanded it last winter to 7,000 square feet. Fighting instruction, fitness machines, physical therapy – it’s all that future and current champions need.

Some of the top fighters in mixed martial arts walk through the doors of El Niño, where they pay respects to “El Niño.”

Nate Diaz, the No. 1 UFC lightweight contender, recently called Melendez the best 155-pounder on the planet. Nate, his brother Nick, Melendez and Jake Shields are all part of “The Scrap Pack,” a tight clique of top fighters that began when Melendez met Shields at San Francisco State.

“Jake was like my big brother, introduced me to (coach) Cesar Gracie, and Nate and I would follow Nick and Jake around,” Melendez said. “The rest is history. And, I will be with those guys in the UFC soon.”

from:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/18/SPDD1OK904.DTL#ixzz1vLN0irC7

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Gilbert Melendez was born on April 12th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Melendez

April 12th, 1982

4 + 12 +1+9+8+2 = 36 = his life lesson = Having his work cut out for him.  Overwhelming force.  Hitting you like a ton of bricks.  Crushing the competition.

Ten of Wands Tarot card

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April 12th, 1982

April 12th

4 + 12 +2+0+1+2 = 21 = his personal year (from April 12th, 2012 to April 11th, 2013) = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.

21 year + 5 (May) = 26 = his personal month (from May 12th, 2012 to June 11th, 2012) = Popular.  Television.  Photos.  In the news.  Making headlines.

26 month + 19 (19th of the month on Saturday May 19th, 2012) = 45 = his personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.  Focused.  Violence.  Tough guy.  Hard knocks.

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December 17, 2011

If you missed the news, Strikeforce has signed a new deal with Showtime and the promotion will put on up to eight shows next year. Before that new deal kicks into gear the promotion has one final event of 2011 this weekend as Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal hit San Diego, California.

The card will feature two title fights along with a light heavyweight contest that could see the winner earning a title shot for the vacant belt in 2012.

Fighting for the 11th time under the Strikeforce banner,Gilbert Melendez (19-2) defends his lightweight title against Jorge Masvidal (22-6) in the main event. Before the new deal with Showtime it was nearly a lock for Melendez to move to the UFC with a win but things have since changed. Masvidal and his heavy hitting is a tough challenge for the champ but a welcomed challenge for “el Nino”.

The second title fight will be in the women’s 145 lbs. division as Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1) makes her third title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka (12-1). Santos has run through her competition in Strikeforce, winning all four fights by (T)KO.

Rounding out the main card is a light heavyweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and Ovince St. Preux, plus a lightweight contest between K.J. Noons and Billy Evangelista.

MAIN CARD (Showtime)

155 lbs.: Champion Gilbert Melendez will defeat Jorge Masvidal by 4th rd TKO

  • Expect a good fight early as Masvidal’s power keeps Melendez at a distance. Take being said though; Melendez will get some takedowns in the first couple rounds that will keep him ahead on the score cards. As the fight enters the championship rounds Melendez will turn it on and following a takedown Masvidal won’t have enough in the tank to get up and the champ will ground and pound his way to a TKO win.

145 lbs.: Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos will defeat Hiroko Yamanaka by 1st rd. TKO

  • This might be the last fight at 145 lbs. for Santos as competition has become nearly impossible. Hiroko Yamanaka stand across from “Cyborg” for her third title defense and like the other two, Santos will make short work of here. This one doesn’t escape the first round

205 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi will defeat Ovince St. Preux by Unanimous Decision

  • Mousasi has looked less than impressive of late in Strikeforce while looking impressive in his fights for DREAM. Mousasi has had his problems with wrestlers and how much he has improved in that area will determine the outcome of this fight. St. Preux has won eight in a row and is taking a big step up in competition. He’ll hold his own with the former champion but in the end will come up short against Mousasi on the scorecards.

155 lbs.: K.J. Noons will defeat Billy Evangelista by Unanimous Decision

  • Look for this fight to be a slugfest and a great fight to open the night on Showtime. Both fighters are coming off defeats and expect both fighters to come out throwing leather. Evangelista is not going to be able to out box his opponent and the jab of Noons will keep him out of the clinch. Both fighters will be bloody but Noons is going to out point Evangelista for a clear-cut decision.

PRELIMINARY CARD

170 lbs.: Jerron Peoples will defeat Roger Bowling

155 lbs.: Justin Wilcox will defeat Caros Fodor

265 lbs.: Gabriel Salinas-Jones will defeat Devin Cole

205 lbs.: Fernando Gonzalez will defeat Eddie Mendez

170 lbs.: Herman Terrado will defeat Chris Brown

 

from:  http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/strikeforce-melendez-vs-masvidal-bold-predictions

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Gilbert Melendez was born on April 12th, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Melendez

April 12th, 1982

April 12th

4 + 12 +2+0+1+1 = 20 = his personal year (from April 12th, 2011 to April 11th, 2012) = Clean conscience.

20 year + 12 (December) = 32 = his personal month (from December 12th, 2011 to January 11th, 2012) = Winning.  Victory.  Champion.

32 month + 17 (17th of the month on Saturday December 17th, 2011) = 49 = his personal day = Happy.  Smiling.  Wish come true.

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http://predictionsyear2012.com/

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