After tonight, we can make the accurate claim that being filmed by MiddleEasy in 3-D will enable you to successfully defend your championship strap. According to statistics, every fighter filmed by MiddleEasy in 3-D has enjoyed a 100% success rate in their future fights. It’s been scientifically proven. There’s no arguing about it. Your debating abilities hold no weight here at MiddleEasy. We operate on science — and Twizzlers. In the candy game, Twizzlers stand alone. It has no clone. Alright, Twizzlers has Red Vines — but let’s pretend they don’t exist for the sake of this upcoming segue. In MMA, Gilbert Melendez is authentic. There is no imitation. He’s not enriched with vitamins and minerals. Gilbert Melendez is not infused with electrolytes nor does he come contained in a trendy plastic bottle. El Nino stands alone, and tonight he proved it by defeating Jorge Masvidal in a 50-45, 50-45, 49-46 unanimous decision. 49-46? Yes, Cecil Peoples was a judge, but the jokes on you — it was Big John McCarthy that gave the third round to Jorge Masvidal. At the end of the day, Cecil Peoples is right. Leg kicks don’t win fights, but outstriking your opponent by 131 total strikes will.
So realistically, what’s next for Gilbert Melendez? Dana White insisted that El Nino would remain in Strikeforce even if he did defeat Jorge Masvidal tonight. Some people believed Justin Wilcox would be next in line, but after Caros Fodor decimated him tonight on the prelims in just thirteen seconds, the Strikeforce lightweight picture looks pretty hazy to say the least. During the event, a lot of people were talking about KJ Noons possibly being Gilbert’s next opponent at lightweight, but after what some considered a lackluster fight against Billy Evangelista, even that match-up looks awkward.
Regardless, massive congratulations to Gilbert Melendez on another successful title defense and hopefully we’ll get some more 3-D video with El Nino later tonight.