Melendez lands blockbuster deal as UFC matches Bellator

February 24, 2014 3:25 pm by Brett Auten

If the reported facts and figures are true, Gilbert Melendez finds himself in a whole new tax bracket.

According to, the UFC has matched Bellator’s offer sheet to retain the lightweight.

Though not officially confirmed, it’s being reported that Melendez’s deal guarantees that at least 75 percent of his fights will be contested on pay-per-view moving forward. Additionally, income earned from Melendez’s contracted pay-per-view points will kick in at a lower minimum buy rate than for any contract in UFC history, meaning Melendez will still earn pay-per-view point income on an event that underperforms at the box office. Melendez will also earn pay-per-view income regardless of his placement on an event, i.e., regardless of whether he fights in the main event, co-main event or main card.

When it’s all said and done it makes Melendez one of the highest paid fighters in the current mixed martial arts landscape.

UFC officials announced that Melendez will coach opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, which will be followed by a title fight between the two coaches in late-2014.

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