Archive: Gilbert Melendez

Jun 6, 2014 6:48 am

Diego Sanchez Picks Melendez to Beat Anthony Pettis

Diego Sanchez is never shy when it comes to his predictions for fights, especially fights that he will be participating in. When he chooses, a common theme always seems to be fighters that leave everything in the Octagon and, win or lose, put on an outstanding performance for the fans (very much like his own...

Jun 5, 2014 5:09 am

Gilbert Melendez: ‘The Russians have arrived’

“The Russians have arrived and they all have that special style, the Sambo. They know how to wrestle. They know how to grapple and they know how to put it together. Khabilov will try to push Henderson with the punches and get the takedowns. But what’s going to make the difference is the scramble in...

May 7, 2014 9:50 am

Melendez on Pettis: ‘I’m better in a bunch of different dimensions.’

Gilbert Melendez is gearing up for the Ultimate Fighter 20, where he will be coaching a team against Lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. Pettis, who is known for his flashy punches, unbelievable kicks, and imaginable movement, is a formidable opponent for many fighters, and why he’s such an exciting champion, but Gilbert Melendez doesn’t feel...

May 6, 2014 10:52 am

Tecia Torres: ‘I’m going to win TUF 20’

“I am going to win this season. Someone said you need a humble cockiness, and I think that’s what best describes me. I don’t think I’m better than anybody, but when I go out there, I perform well and use everything to my advantage. I use my size to my advantage, I use my quickness...

May 1, 2014 11:16 am

VIDEO | The TUF 20 Girls Are Here, Fighters Enjoying A Night Out

With the Ultimate Fighter Season 20 nearly underway, the top 115 pound female fighters will all rally for a shot in the tournament final and a chance at UFC gold. In a recent video uploaded by Tecia Torres, we can see some of the ladies selected to partake in the show. Gilbert Melendez and Anthony...

Apr 30, 2014 11:30 am

VIDEO | Behind The Scenes: TUF 20 Tryouts

The Ultimate Fighter season 20 tryouts from Palace Station in Las Vegas featuring all strawweight women. Interviews with Roxanne Modafferi, Miesha Tate, Heather Jo Clark, Angela Hill, Jocelyn and Jillian Lybarger, Helen Harper and footage of the auditions featuring Jessica Penne, Lisa Ellis, Michelle Ould, Aisling Daly, Chelsea Bailey, Jennifer Liou, Randa Markos and more.

Apr 29, 2014 11:47 am

VIDEO | TUF 20 tryouts: Dana White media scrum

UFC President Dana White talks about the historic 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter which will include an all-female strawweight cast and from which the division’s first champion will emerge.

Apr 22, 2014 12:46 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Josh Thomson Not Retiring, Wants to Fight in July

Despite his initial statements that he was heavily considering retirement, UFC Lightweight contender Josh ‘The Punk’ Thomson has altered course. “I’m hoping to fight July 26 in San Jose,” Thomson told San Jose would make sense for Thomson, since he was born and raised there, and has fought at home numerous times.  He explained...

Apr 8, 2014 1:12 pm

VIDEO | Ramsey Nijem, Gilbert Melendez Spar Hard In Training

Ramsey Nijem looks to put together back to back wins as he faces Beneil Dariush from du Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE. As part of his reinvention, Nijem has relocated to San Francisco, California and is now among the infamous ‘Scrap Pack’ fighters that include the likes of Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez.

Apr 3, 2014 10:57 am

Anthony Pettis: ‘My Striking Is Better Than Melendez”

“He is a good opponent but he won’t fight against me like he did against Diego Sanchez. I’m going for the knockout or the submission. I won my last three fights in the first round and I’m coming to win. Melendez has what it needs to be at the top of division, he is there...

Apr 2, 2014 2:31 pm

Paige VanZant Ruled Too Young For TUF 20 House

There are few guarantees when entering the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter House, but drama, pranks and booze (lots of booze), are some of them. The booze aspect is probably the exact reason why, at just 20-years old, newly signed UFC fighter Paige VanZant has been denied access to the UFC’s TUF 20 cast. Paige confirmed with...

Apr 2, 2014 2:23 pm

VIDEO | Pettis Brothers Ready For Diaz Brothers On TUF 20 Set

As they prepare for their coaching stint on TUF 20, the Pettis brothers are readying for a confrontational Melendez coaching staff. As part of Cesar Gracie’s fight-team, Melendez is expected to enlist both Nick and Nate Diaz as part of his staff of coaches.

Apr 2, 2014 11:58 am

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Close Up – TUF 20 Fighter Jo Calderwood

Joanne Calderwood spoke to BJPENN.COM affiliate, Whoa TV, ahead of her joining the TUF 20 cast. TUF 20 features 115-pound female fighters in a tournament that will crown the UFC’s first champ. TUF 20 will be coached by Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.

Mar 28, 2014 6:30 am

UFC On Fox 12 Event To Emanate From San José, July 26

The UFC will be making a return trip to San José this July. The UFC and FOX both formally announced the event – which will be a UFC on Fox 12 card –  this past Thursday night, prior to the San José Sharks taking the ice at the SAP Center. The last UFC event to be held in...

Mar 20, 2014 12:40 pm

Jose Aldo expects Mendes rematch next, says Pettis talks more than he fights

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (24-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) recently spoke to MMAjunkie through an intepreter, where he discussed his possible move to 155-pounds, as well as a potential fight with lightweight champ Anthony Pettis. “Anthony Pettis talks a lot,” Aldo told MMAjunkie. “He goes to the media and says that he’ll fight me in any...

Mar 18, 2014 6:23 pm

Showtime Pettis: I’m going to knock out Melendez and then shut up Diaz

During a Q&A session this past Friday prior to the weigh-ins for UFC 171 in Dallas, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was asked how he plans to defeat his next opponent Gilbert Melendez: “I’m not going to take him down,” stated Pettis. “I’m probably going to knock him out.” Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez will...

Mar 12, 2014 8:59 am

Eddie Alvarez: “(Gilbert Melendez) doesn’t want to fight me”

Bellator’s Eddie Alvarez is preparing for his third matchup against possibly his most notable rival in Michael Chandler. However, during a promotional shooting for their upcoming fight Alvarez spoke about another fighter who could be placed up there on the list of Alvarez’s adversaries, Gilbert Milendez. Dave Doyle of got the scoop when he...

Mar 2, 2014 9:46 pm

Bellator Boss On Losing Melendez To The UFC

“Being part of the Viacom family and having Spike as a legitimate partner, we can offer things to fighters like we’ve done with (Rampage) in terms of the theatrical stuff and the reality programming he’s done. We offered some of those things to Gil. There was no way they could match the deal without giving...

Feb 25, 2014 6:53 pm

Pettis Opens Up As A Favorite Over Melendez

Reigning UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has opened as the favorite in his first title defense. Pettis will coach opposite Gilbert Melendez for “The Ultimate Fighter 20” and the two will meet at a later date. According to, Pettis stands at -190 while Melendez is at +150. “The Ultimate Fighter 20″ begins filming in...

Feb 25, 2014 6:15 am

Josh Thomson Sick Over Melendez vs. Pettis Booking – Hoping For Aldo Fight

UFC lightweight Josh Thomson was rumored to be on the verge of retirement following his close and somewhat controversial decision loss to former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on FOX 10. However, it seems like a fire has been lit under the lightweight contender as announcements have been made regarding season...

Feb 24, 2014 4:07 pm

Melendez: ‘I never wanted to leave the UFC’

gam·ble /ˈgambəl/ verb 1. play games of chance for money; bet. 2. take risky action in the hope of a desired result. That’s right! I totally just started out this story with the definition of ‘gamble’ … Because that’s exactly what Gilbert Melendez did last week and it paid off for him in a major...

Feb 24, 2014 3:25 pm

Melendez lands blockbuster deal as UFC matches Bellator

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...

Feb 24, 2014 6:20 am

Melendez Stays!! Booked To Coach TUF Opposite Anthony Pettis

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced last night that No. 2 ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez has agreed to a new contract with the organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Melendez will now coach against UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. The two will then meet for the...

Feb 17, 2014 3:56 pm

Bellator Not Stopping At Melendez: ‘We’re Going After Everybody’ Says Rebney

There’s a new player in the MMA world of promoting and they are no longer being shy about their long-term goals and ambitions. The Viacom owned Bellator promotion recently snagged up their latest UFC star in the form of the highly ranked lightweight fighting machine, Gilbert Melendez. While the UFC still has rights to match...

Feb 15, 2014 8:24 am

Cesar Gracie Issues Warning: “Gilbert Melendez won’t be punked by Dana White”

There has been a lot of tension floating around about Gilbert Melendez and what his future has in store concerning his fighting home. UFC officials came out earlier in the week saying they were done with Melendez negotiations and with news that Gil has now reached a monetary agreement with Bellator, Cesar Gracie is starting...

Feb 14, 2014 4:07 pm

Bellator & Gilbert Melendez Agree On Multi-Year Deal

At 22-3, Gilbert Melendez sits atop the UFC’s lightweight division. With victories over Josh Thomson, Diego Sanchez, Shinya Aoki and Jorge Masvidal, “El Nino” is ready for a new crop of challengers as the Santa Ana native has agreed to a multi-fight, multi-year deal structure with Bellator that can pit Melendez against some of MMA’s...