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Poll results: Gilbert Melendez best of rest

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez trains in the days leading up to his title defense against Tatsuya Kawajiri on April 9, 2011. (Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

Time for the results from our latest attempt to delve into the hearts and minds of Fightin' Words readers. Of course, the usual caveat: these results are about as scientific as the flamenco dancer figurine on my desk that was shipped in from Spain but a colleague on vacation.

Who is the best MMA fighter not in the UFC?

33% - Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce)

18% - Fedor Emelianenko (M-1)

11% - Hector Lombard (Bellator)

11% - Nate Marquardt (Strikeforce)

  9% - Eddie Alvarez (Bellator)

  7% - Someone else

  5% - Josh Barnett (Strikeforce)

  5% - Mike Chandler (Bellator)

  0% - Shinya Aoki (Dream)


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