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MMA's Great Debate Radio: Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson & TUF 17 Finale Debate

May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Gilbert Melendez defeats Josh Thomson (not pictured) at the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion.  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Damon MartinContributor IApril 16, 2013

MMA's Great Debate Radio is back, with special guests from this weekend's UFC on Fox 7 card, Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson, along with the best debate in all of MMA.

Gilbert Melendez will look to capture the UFC gold this Saturday when he takes on lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the main event.

It's been a long time coming for Melendez, who just a year ago was stuck in Strikeforce with little chance of ever battling the best of the best in the UFC.  Now Melendez has his chance and he's out to prove that he belongs with the elite lightweights in the world. 

On today's show, Melendez will discuss the injuries he has dealt with over the past year, the end of Strikeforce and finally getting his crack at UFC gold.

Also on the show, Josh Thomson stops by to preview his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7.

Thomson is targeting a title shot if he can overcome Diaz and on today's show he'll explain why he believes he's the man for the job.  He'll also talk about the last nearly nine years he spent in Strikeforce and what it was like when that promotion closed its doors earlier this year.

Furthermore, MMA's Great Debate wouldn't be anything without all new debate topics today swirling around last weekend's TUF 17 finale from Las Vegas.

—Did you agree with the stoppage in the Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano fight?

—How do you anticipate the ratings and reception for TUF 18: Rousey vs. Zingano to go?

—Travis Browne knocks out Gabriel Gonzaga—but were the shots he landed legal?

—Did Uriah Hall fall to the pressure or was Kelvin Gastelum just that much better?

—Do you believe Uriah Faber will earn another title shot in the next year?

This is MMA's Great Debate Radio for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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