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Gilbert Melendez Steps In To Fight Al Iaquinta At UFC Fight Night 71

The UFC have moved quickly to find a new opponent for Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71 on July 15th after Bobby Green pulled out of the bout due to an injury. Fresh off a split decision loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 this past weekend in Mexico, Gilbert Melendez has agreed to take the fight, giving him roughly a month to prepare. Melendez had looked good in the first round of...
Via Fight Of The Night
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie Alvarez Beats Gilbert Melendez At UFC 188 (Video Highlights)

It was a lightweight shootout that’s been years in the making. Many moons ago, pundits debated whether Eddie Alvarez (pictured) or Gilbert Melendez was the best 155-pounder not competing in the UFC. On Saturday at UFC 188, perhaps several years too late, it was determined Alvarez was the better fighter – at least on this night. After dropping the opening round, Alvarez rallied...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Alvarez wins close split decision over Melendez in UFC 188 co-main

Eddie Alvarez earned a surprise split decision victory over Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event of UFC 188 after three bloody rounds. Scores were 29-28 (twice) and 28-29 in favor of the Philly slugger. Melendez landed the biggest shots of the fight, early in the first. A big overhand right and right elbow were the only notable moments of offense in the first period, both for the...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie Alvarez Defeats Gilbert Melendez By Split Decision At UFC 188

Eddie Alvarez got the better of Gilbert Melendez tonight at UFC 188 by split decision, managing to get the better of his rival in the final 10 minutes of fighting despite his left eye being almost completely swollen shut courtesy of an elbow in the opening round. Round One: Melendez throws the jab out as he circles around Alvarez. Alvarez burst forward with a combination targeting...
Via Fight Of The Night
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez in the worst interview ever

Good and empathetic fight writers know that fight week is one of the worst times for competitors to do interviews. They are often on edge from the nerves of heading into battle, as well as irritated from being hungry and thirsty on account of cutting weight. What's more, fighters often get to answer the same questions over and over. That can't be fun. In order to make the process...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez to Eddie Alvarez: 'It's put up or shut up time'

The genesis of the rivalry between UFC 188 co-main event fighters Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez actually stretches as far back at 2007 when they first crossed paths in a small promotion running a show in Costa Rica. At the time, Alvarez was fighting at welterweight and the champion of the promotion and it just so happened that Melendez's teammate and best friend Jake Shields...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to UFC 188: Melendez vs. Alvarez (video)

Before Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum unify the UFC heavyweight titles on Saturday night, a battle between two of the greatest lightweights of all-time that screams FOTY will go down inside of the octagon. Former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez (22-4) will finally meet with former Bellator Champion and 2012 King of Violence Eddie Alvarez (25-4) face to face to squash a...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Aldo And Gilbert Melendez Latest Fighters To Question UFC’s Reebok Deal

The growing bandwagon of fighters questioning the UFC’s sponsorship deal with Reebok now includes two more high profile stars in featherweight champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez. Aldo offered perhaps the most outspoken opinion of the deal so far during an interview with Combate in his native Brazil yesterday. “First of all, it’s s**t...
Via Fight Of The Night
June 02, 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...
Via Fight Of The Night
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

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