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Gilbert Melendez Reacts To Two-Year USADA Sanction

Gilbert Melendez has spoken out on his two-year suspension from USADA. Melendez was flagged by USADA for a violation of the anti-doping policy. While Melendez isn't an active member of the UFC roster anymore, the test was administered back in Oct. 2019 which was a month before "El Nino's" UFC...

Former UFC Fighter Gilbert Melendez Handed Two-Year USADA Sanction

Gilbert Melendez may no longer be a member of the UFC roster but he's still been hit with a USADA sanction. USADA announced that an "independent arbitrator" has ruled that Melendez should serve a two-year suspension for a violation of the anti-doping policy. Melendez argued that USADA didn't have the...

MMA Elite Status: 10 Lightweights Who Have Built Legacies

The lightweight division in MMA has probably featured more back-and-forth wars in the sport than any other division. While the UFC always seems to set the bar, there are fighters in other promotions that have put in the work and won titles all over the landscape of the sport....

Gilbert Melendez: ‘I Don’t Know If I Will Ever Fight Again’

Gilbert Melendez isn't committing to a decision regarding his fighting future at the moment. Melendez last competed back in July. He dropped a unanimous decision to Arnold Allen on the UFC 239 card. The UFC ended up releasing Melendez, who went 1-6 during his time with the promotion. Gilbert Melendez Undecided...

Gilbert Melendez Speaks On UFC Release

Gilbert Melendez has issued a statement on his UFC release. On Monday, it was reported by Fightbook MMA that Melendez had been given his pink slip last week. "El Nino" went 1-6 under the UFC banner. Melendez had his share of accolades going into the UFC, including holding Strikeforce lightweight...

Gilbert Melendez Released By The UFC

Gilbert Melendez's days on the UFC roster are over. Fightbook MMA reported that Melendez was given his release by the UFC on Wednesday. Melendez ends his UFC run with a record of 1-6 under the promotion. His last UFC bout was a unanimous decision loss to Arnold Allen back in...

Arnold Allen Urges Gilbert Melendez to Retire

At UFC 239, Gilbert Melendez suffered his fifth consecutive loss to rising 25-year-old upstart Arnold Allen via a one-sided unanimous decision. Since the bout, Gilbert Melendez was naturally asked about the prospect of retirement. Melendez is 37 years old now with a UFC record of 1-6. Melendez did not...

Gilbert Melendez Contemplates Retirement

37-year old Gilbert Melendez’s losing skid continued at UFC 239 when he lost his fifth consecutive fight to Arnold Allen at UFC 239. Now having lost six of his last even fights and a UFC record of 1-6, Melendez realizes that if he were to walk away from the...

Former Title Contender Gilbert Melendez Returns at UFC 239 in July

Former two-time UFC title contender Gilbert Melendez will make his long-waited return to action when he fights Arnold Allen at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas. The UFC announced the new fight on Wednesday. https://twitter.com/UFC_CA/status/1126200861280079872 Melendez (22-7) hasn’t fought since 2017 when he earned ‘Fight of the Night’ honors in a battle with...

UFC 234 Commentators & Analysts Revealed

The UFC 234 broadcast plans have been revealed. UFC 234 will take place inside the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. The event is scheduled for this Saturday night (Feb. 9). This will be the UFC's first trip to Melbourne since Nov. 2016. UFC 234 Broadcast Plans UFC 234 will feature a two-man...

Gilbert Melendez: Nick Diaz Is Retired Last I Checked

Gilbert Melendez believes Nick Diaz has hung up his gloves. The Diaz brothers are well known in the world of mixed martial arts. At one point, Nick was the star with his stunning submission win over Takanori Gomi which was later changed to a No Contest due to a positive...

UFC Lightweight Gilbert Melendez Still Waiting For Leg to Heal

Gilbert Melendez wants his leg to fully heal before he returns to the Octagon. Melendez was last seen in action back in Sept. 2017. He lost a unanimous decision to Jeremy Stephens. In the bout, "Lil Heathen" battered the lead leg of "El Nino." Many believe the fight could've been...

Ouch! Gilbert Melendez Still Feeling Effects of UFC 215 Battle

Keri Melendez, the fighting wife of former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, says her husband is doing fine after taking serious damage to his leg at UFC 215 this past Saturday night. In a fight with Jeremy Stephens, "El Nino" was left bruised and battered - but somehow went the distance. Keri...
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UFC 215: Bonuses Handed Out, Attendance Figure Announced

The UFC's trip to Edmonton was a successful one despite the card losing two of three highly-marketed fights. While Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko battled to a 25-minute decision, several other fights ended quickly to impress the Rogers Place faithful. Jeremy Stephens and Gilbert Melendez picked up $50,000 each and "Fight...

Jeremy Stephens Destroys Gilbert Melendez’s Leg En-Route To Decision Win

Round 1: Stephens opens things up with a leg kick and Melendez responds quickly with a 1-2. Melendez steps in for another 1-2 but hits nothing but shoulder. Both men still trying to find their punching range as they exchange leg kicks. A leg kick from Stephens takes Melendez's leg...