Gilbert Melendez Talks Lightweight Rankings: "I'm Top Five in the World for Sure"

"I sometimes feel like the UFC guys are automatically ranked. And I don't mean to be a jerk about this or jealous – or maybe I'm a little jealous. But I've been working on this for a long time. I don't think it's about beating one guy. I think it's about my history. I've beaten all kinds of guys. I beat guys who are top 10. I beat (Josh) Thomson, who's in the top 10. I beat (Tatsuya) Kawajiri, who's top 10, and I beat Aoki, who's top 10. I beat the No. 2 guy in the world."

"I'm sorry if I sound cocky. I just think I deserve to get to speak my mind. I feel like I've got a long history now. It's not just (about) your last fight. It's what you've done your whole career, and I feel like I've done a lot to be (ranked) top five in the world."

HT: mmafighting.com, transcribed by mmajunkie.com

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