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A 'disappointed' Al Iaquinta reacts to Gilbert Melendez's drug test, and looks to future

Given "Raging" Al Iaquinta's temper, when he says that he wanted to "slam my head on the desk," after hearing that his dream fight against Gilbert Melendez was scrapped after "El Nino" failed a drug test, one tends to take the lightweight at his word. "I don't know what I want to do," he recently told MMA Fighting. "I want to break something...I don't know, I'm just disappointed...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC: Melendez Fails Drug Test Post UFC 188 Fight

Another victim in the “steroid” era was named today. Gilbert Melendez is the latest to fail a post-fight drug test. The failure comes after last month’s UFC 188 card in Mexico. According to reports, Melendez tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites after his loss to Eddie Alvarez. Upon discovery, the UFC wasted no time laying down the law following the...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Al Iaquinta No Longer Fighting At UFC Fight Night 71 Next Week

With Gilbert Melendez having been removed from his fight against Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71 next week due to a failed drug test, ‘Raging Al’ has also now also been taken off the card. There had initially been hopes that Iaquinta could have remained in the co-main event spot for the San Diego show, but with so little time remaining they were unable to come up with a suitable...
Via Fight Of The Night
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez suspended a year after failed drug test, blames substance

Not even some added testosterone could help Gilbert Melendez win his last fight. Melendez was defeated by Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 in Mexico City last month, and the fighter tested positive for a banned substance after his loss. In a statement about the failed test, which led to a one-year long suspension by the...Read More
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez Fails Drug Test; Suspended For One Year

Gilbert Melendez has been hit with a one year suspension from the sport after failing a post-fight drugs test following his UFC 188 decision loss to Eddie Alvarez in Mexico last month. The 33 year-old Melendez is reported to have tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites and in a statement he takes full responsibility for his failed test while stressing that...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez Tests Positive For Testosterone At UFC 188, Suspended One Year

UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez (pictured) tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites following his split decision defeat to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188. Melendez has been suspended one year retroactive to his June 13 fight date. The 33-year-old didn’t admit to taking anything illegal, but did accept responsibility for not knowing what he put into his body...
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez tests positive for banned substance, suspended one year

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has tested positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites following his fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188. UFC officials made the announcement on Monday while also confirming that Melendez will be pulled from his upcoming co-main event fight against Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee on July 15 in...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez Signs Lucrative UFC Deal; Will Coach On TUF 20

The UFC have agreed to match Bellator’s terms for Gilbert Melendez in order to keep him in the promotion, and it means the former Strikeforce lightweight champion will become one of the best paid fighters in MMA. While Melendez’s new basic salary hasn’t yet been revealed, reports that his new contract calls for him to fight on pay-per-view in 75% of his upcoming...
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February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Gilbert Melendez and Bellator have reached an agreement

Earlier today big news came out of Newport Beach, California when Bellator revealed that they have agreed on an offer with free agent Gilbert Melendez of the multi-fight variety."Gil was one of the first fighters I tried to sign when I launched Bellator back in 2008, and he’s grown and developed into one of the best and most exciting lightweights on earth," said Bellator CEO Bjorn...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC Contract Negotiations With Gilbert Melendez Hits Major Snag

Prior to finally making his UFC debut in April 2013, Gilbert Melendez (pictured) was considered by most as the game’s top lightweight not competing in the UFC. Well, after just two outings inside the Octagon, it appears Melendez might be well on his way to reclaiming that moniker. On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” reporter Ariel Helwani said negotiations for a contract...
February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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