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...
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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...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez vs. Eddie Alvarez plus 2 more bouts added to UFC 188

UFC 188 in Mexico City, Mexico has added a trio of new bouts including a main event grudge match as Gilbert Melendez meets Eddie Alvarez in a long awaited lightweight showdown. Melendez and Alvarez first starting dancing around the idea of facing each other several years go while in separate promotions.  Melendez was the Strikeforce lightweight champion and early discussions were...
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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...
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez: Conor McGregor would be welcome addition to 155

The influence of Conor McGregor on the UFC is undeniable, especially after his most recent fight against Dennis Siver pulled in some of the biggest numbers for any competitor on the roster much less a featherweight. McGregor's next fight against champion Jose Aldo will be a showcase performance during the UFC's annual International Fight Week in Las Vegas with the featherweight title...
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February 02, 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...
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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...
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pettis submits Melendez in two at UFC 181

LAS VEGAS --- Anthony Pettis showed once more that he's more than a flashy striker, by becoming the first fighter to ever submit Gilbert Melendez, in their UFC lightweight title fight Saturday night. Melendez took it to Pettis with a smart and aggressive game plan, throughout the first round of their UFC 181 co-main event. Melendez punched his way to the inside against Pettis and...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis Chokes Out Gilbert Melendez To Retain The UFC Lightweight Title At UFC 181 (GIF)

Anthony Pettis defeated Gilbert Melendez to defend his UFC Lightweight title at 1:53 of the second round at UFC 181 via guillotine choke. In the first minute of the second round, Pettis caught Melendez with a right hook, and then when Melendez came into him, Pettis slapped a guillotine choke on and the rest was history. This battle between The Ultimate Fighter season 20 coaches...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Anthony Pettis Submits Gilbert Melendez To Remain Champ At UFC 181

Anthony Pettis had to adapt to an aggressive, pressure-heavy gameplan from Gilbert Melendez tonight in the co-main event of UFC 181 and he did just that, showing off his submission skills with a picture perfect guillotine choke finished off from mount in order to retain his lightweight title inside of two rounds. Round One: The co-main event lightweight title fight is underway. ...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Reasons Anthony Pettis Could Lose At Tonight’s UFC 181

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has a lot to prove when he finally returns to the octagon to battle Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event of tonight’s UFC 181 pay-per-view (PPV) from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pettis last fought when he submitted Benson Henderson for the belt at UFC 164. He’ll be coming into UFC 181 off of a 15-month layoff from...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez: "This is probably my last shot at gold"

Gilbert Melendez has no illusions about just how big UFC 181 will be when the book is written about his career. The veteran lightweight fighter has been one of the best 155-pounders on the planet for the biggest chunk of the last eight years, but until just recently Melendez never fought in the UFC, which always put an asterisk next to his record. Fair or unfair in that assessment...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC 181 Embedded Episode 2

UFC 181 Embedded episode 2 homes in on co-main event stars Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez while also offering a glimpse behind the scenes at the Reebok uniform deal press conference from earlier in the week. —
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC 181: Anthony Pettis versus Gilbert Melendez, an in-depth preview

I cannot wait for this fight featuring the two coaches from TUF 20. They are also two of the more exciting fighters in the lightweight division. Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez’ fight with Diego Sanchez was one the most captivating fights in the UFC’s history. Of course, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has provided some of the more indelible highlights in the sport. The most famous...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

‘Countdown to UFC 181: Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez’ (Video)

It’s been over 15 months since lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (pictured) captured the crown by submitting Benson Henderson at UFC 164. Saturday is finally “Showtime” once again for the injury-prone Pettis. Pettis makes his first title defense when he meets former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181. The 155-pounders co-headline the pay-per-view broadcast. It’s...
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Gilbert Melendez prepares for Anthony Pettis in grappling session with Ronda Rousey

Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez is getting his second crack at UFC gold next weekend as he takes on UFC Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 181. Prior to the biggest fight of his career, Melendez is getting work in with the best sparring partners and coaches he can find, including dominant women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Anthony Pettis doesn't see a way Gilbert Melendez survives past the first round

When it comes down to pure striking in the UFC, there may not be a more dangerous fighter on the roster than lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. He's proven time and time again that his wide array of creative kicks and deadly punches are lethal in a fight against any of the top 155-pound fighters in the world.  Pettis' resume looks like a highlight reel decorated by knockout after...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Anthony Pettis vs Gilbert Melendez Pros’ Picks ft. Edgar, Hendricks, Thomson, Barnett, Chiesa & more

We feature great breakdowns from the pros for the lightweight title fight between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ultimate Fighter Episode 8 Preview: Bad blood runs deep

There's been an uneasy tension festering inside Team Melendez all season long and things only get worse on the next episode of The Ultimate Fighter. The bad blood internally has been felt for a big chunk of the time since the fighters moved into the house several weeks ago.  It started with dissention amongst the ranks when a couple of the fighters immediately clashed with teammate...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

TUF Talk: Rose Namajunas very happy she ended up on Team Melendez

Rose Namajunas finally got Team Melendez on the board this week on The Ultimate Fighter as she made quick work of Australian opponent Alex Chambers with a first round rear naked choke finish. Many saw Namajunas as a serious dark horse in the competition and possibly the best fighter on the entire Team Melendez roster. She certainly didn't disappoint with her performance and now she...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez carries the spirit of Julio Cesar Chavez into the UFC

When Gilbert Melendez was growing up in Santa Ana, California he spent many weekends at family barbecues and celebrations as he was quietly being groomed for his future in the UFC. Of course, Melendez didn't know that at the time and it wasn't as if his family was pushing him into combat sports, but as a 10-year old kid he learned the art of the jab, the hook, the uppercut and every...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC champion Anthony Pettis expects to finish Gilbert Melendez in the first round

Anthony Pettis has been quite the busy man lately. “Showtime” is the coach of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, has been seen doing UFC Q & A’s, won his spot on the Wheaties box, and has even made guest appearances on UFC on FOX shows. Essentially, Pettis has been doing everything besides actually defending his title, and the bevy of contenders are creating a...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez: Jealousy and envy are fueling Eddie Alvarez

Ever since Eddie Alvarez signed with the UFC several weeks back the name on the tip of his tongue during almost every interview has been top ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez. The two fighters were rumored to fight a few years back while both were competing in different organizations outside the UFC and apparently when things didn't come together Alvarez didn't like Melendez...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Ronda Rousey rolls with Gilbert Melendez after being medically cleared

As seen on FOX Sports 1 by way of Middle Easy, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Queenpin Ronda Rousey has been medically cleared to begin training for an opponent yet to be named. Watch her grapple with lightweight #1 contender Gilbert Melendez while Team Melendez alum Bec Rawlings and Angela Magana take it all in.
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Gilbert Melendez discusses TUF 20 and feud with Anthony Pettis

No. 1 ranked UFC lightweight contender and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez is set to return to the Octagon this December for his second crack at UFC gold when he takes on UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at UFC 181. Prior to their title fight, the two men coached opposite one another on the newest season of The Ultimate...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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