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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...
Via Fox Sports
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...
Via BadCulture
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

Eddie Alvarez Shrugs Off Gilbert Melendez’s Positive Drugs Test

By the sounds of things Eddie Alvarez is not going to be losing any sleep over the fact that his last opponent Gilbert Melendez failed a drugs test following their fight at UFC 188 in Mexico last month. No doubt the fact that he won the fight by split decision makes it easier to say so, but he did suffer a broken orbital bone and nose early in the fight before rallying in the later...
Via Fight Of The Night
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

UFC suspends Gilbert Melendez for failed drug test

On Monday, news of yet another failed drug test snagged headlines throughout the world of professional sports when the UFC announced that lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez had tested positive for a banned substance known as exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites. As a result of the failed test, which was administered following Melendez’ loss to Eddie Alvarez on June...
Via Sports-Glory
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Eddie Alvarez Doesn’t Blame Gilbert Melendez For Taking Testosterone At UFC 188

If anyone has a legitimate right to be pissed that Gilbert Melendez tested positive for testosterone, it’s Eddie Alvarez (pictured). However, Alvarez isn’t irked Melendez tried to cheat for their UFC 188 scrap. In fact, the lightweight understands why not only Melendez, but other MMA fighters look to cut corners. “Just say No,” Alvarez tweeted Monday after word broke...
Via 5thRound.com
July 06, 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
Via Larry Brown Sports
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...
Via Fight Of The Night
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...
Via 5thRound.com
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...
Via Fox Sports
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Al Iaquinta: 'I'm dreaming of fighting Gilbert Melendez'

Fighters in training camp dread getting the call from UFC officials telling them that their opponent has gotten injured and pulled out of a bout. "Raging" Al Iaquinta admits to freaking out a bit when his July 15 UFC Fight Night dance partner Bobby Green dropped out, but got just as worked up - in a positive way - when they told him former title challenger Gilbert Melendez was his...
Via Fox Sports
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez to face Al Iaqunita at UFC Fight Night: San Diego

After a controversial split decision loss to Eddie Alvarez this past Saturday night in Mexico City, former Strikeforce champion Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez (22-5) will make a very quick turnaround. UFC Tonight just announced that Melendez will take on Serra-Longo standout Al Iaquinta (12-3-1) in a fight that will serve as the co-main event for UFC Fight Night 71. Iaquinta was...
Via Fight Booth
June 17, 2015  |  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...
Via 5thRound.com
June 14, 2015  |  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
June 14, 2015  |  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
June 14, 2015  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
June 10, 2015  |  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
June 10, 2015  |  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...
Via Fight Booth
June 08, 2015  |  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 Vs Eddie Alvarez To Co-Main Event UFC 188

A lightweight scrap between Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez has been booked as the co-main event of UFC 188 in Mexico City on June 13th. These two have had an interest in fighting each other for a number of years dating back to a time when Melendez was Strikeforce’s 155lb champion and Alvarez was the kingpin of Bellator’s lightweight division. They aren’t faring quite so...
Via Fight Of The Night
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A War We’ve Been Longing For: Former lightweight champions Melendez, Alvarez set for UFC 188 co-main event

There was a long period of time in MMA when there wasn’t even an argument; Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez were the two best lightweights in the world outside of the UFC. Earlier today, UFC officials announced that the two lightweight legends will finally meet in Mexico City as the co-main event of UFC 188. Both Melendez and Alvarez joined the UFC rosters as champions, respectively...
Via Fight Booth
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez Co-Headline UFC 188

For years, many pundits argued whether Gilbert Melendez (pictured) or Eddie Alvarez was the best lightweight not signed to the UFC. Now that they both compete in the octagon, it’s time to figure out who is the better fighter of the two. On Monday, it was announced the 155-pounders will co-headline UFC 188. The June 13 event goes down in a yet-to-be determined venue in Mexico City...
Via 5thRound.com
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Next Fights for Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez?

  The Lightweight title fight between Pettis and Melendez was highly anticipated, given the fact that it was announced earlier in the year. Both fighters also coached the Ultimate Fighter 20, which helped lead to greater fan interest in the fight. It certainly did not disappoint. Melendez started out strong, having kept the champion on the backpedal with his grinding style. It was...
Via Fight Of The Night
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC 181: Anthony Pettis Submits Gilbert Melendez to Retain Title (Video Highlights)

Anthony Pettis (pictured) promised he’d finish Gilbert Melendez within the first round at UFC 181. That Pettis is such a liar… Oh well, he made up for it in the second stanza by submitting Melendez with a slick guillotine choke. The unfortunate thing for Melendez is, he was executing the perfect game plan up until the tap out. He wasn’t scared to stand up with Pettis just...
Via 5thRound.com
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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