Archive: Gilbert Melendez

Jul 1, 2014 1:40 pm

Pettis to Bendo: We All Know Who The Real Champ Is

There is no denying that current UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is one of the sports most exciting and dynamic stars. Nicknamed “Showtime,” Pettis has displayed remarkable creativity in his striking, using the octagon cage as a springboard on multiple occasions to throw all types of strikes at his opponents. It’s these unique abilities that have...

Jun 30, 2014 12:01 pm

Pettis Not Scared Of Diaz Camp, But Promises No Brawls On TUF 20

With an upcoming stint as TUF 20 coach opposite Gilbert Melendez, the UFC’s lightweight champ will have to endure more than just coaching a few fighters in the house. Anthony Pettis will be confronted, on likely, a daily basis, by MMA’s most confrontational group, Team Cesar Gracie. In a brand new interview with MMAMania.com’s, Jesse...

Jun 27, 2014 6:37 am

UFC’s Year-End Event Will Not Take Place This Year

That’s right, UFC 182 will take place on Jan. 3, 2015 instead of the usual Saturday after Christmas. According to MMAJunkie, the UFC has confirmed this date. So why the date change? Simply because the UFC doesn’t want to put on an event two days after Christmas. This year the holiday lands on a Thursday,...

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...

Feb 13, 2014 10:14 am

Michael Chandler wants Gilbert Melendez in Bellator

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler must have caught wind of Gilbert Melendez’s recent contract negotiation struggles with the UFC, as he recently tweeted the following: @MikeChandlerMMA: Seeing this news about @GilbertMelendez has me excited. Who wants to see me welcome him to @BellatorMMA after I beat Eddie? Chandler will face Eddie Alvarez for a...

Jan 28, 2014 10:34 am

Bendo’s Trainer: Dana doesn’t like us too much

Benson “Smooth” Henderson recently moved his UFC record to an impressive 8-1 with his ‘UFC on FOX 10’ split-decision victory over former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. However, even with an 8-1 record, “Smooth” can’t seem to escape criticism from fans for his lack of finishes inside the octagon. All of Henderson’s 8 wins under...

Jan 27, 2014 7:50 am

Harris Sarmiento signs with ONE FC, meets Herbert Burns at ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS

Hawaiian MMA veteran, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento (36-25 MMA), has officially signed with Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, ONE FC, and will make his promotional debut this March. ONE FC officials confirmed the news yesterday evening with bjpenn.com’s Chris Taylor. Sarmiento has competed in over 60 MMA fights and has faced some of the...

Jan 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Diaz and Melendez at same time

By Evan Stoumbelis Khabib Nurmagomedov might dress up with his comedic wig at weigh ins, but he is no joke once in the cage. The 25 year old Soviet native is 21-0 in his MMA career, and 5-0 in his UFC career, with 14 of his 21 wins coming by stoppage. We last saw Nurmagomedov...

Jan 9, 2014 8:45 am

QUICK TWITT | Nurmagomedov Wants To Know Where His Opponent is

During last month’s UFC 168 post-fight presser it was revealed that the UFC was planning a lightweight tilt between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Gilbert Melendez. They even had the poster drafted. Unfortunately for fight fans this grudge match in the making was called off for reasons unknown and that concerns the Russian. Check it: Who know...