Archive: Gilbert Melendez

Jan 3, 2014 2:38 pm

UFC 170 Bout Between Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Not Happening

The idea of a bout between lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov for UFC 170 has officially been scrapped. Gilbert Melendez was the first to throw out the challenge after his victory against Diego Sanchez. Not only did Nurmagomedov agree, but he kept lobbying for the fight days after Melendez first mentioned it. Reports started...

Dec 4, 2013 11:55 am

Khabib Nurmagomedov Still Lobbying For Gilbert Melendez Fight

In the UFC’s lightweight division there is a host of talent all trying to climb their way up to a shot at division kingpin Anthony Pettis. None more-so than AKA’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is in the midst of an unblemished pro-fighting career spanning the course of 21 MMA victories in 21 fights. If you missed...

Nov 13, 2013 9:31 am

QUICK TWITT | Diego Sanchez Fires Back At Gilbert Melendez, Says K.O. In his Future

Fresh off their fight of the decade performance, Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez continue the fight, but without a cage they are using their words to punish one-another. It wasn’t long ago that Melendez said a rematch against Sanchez would be easy money. And now that word has gotten back to Diego he warns his...

Nov 8, 2013 11:04 am

Melendez Open For ‘Easy Money’ Rematch Against ‘Delusional’ Sanchez

“I feel like he got hit a lot. If he’s saying it was a draw I think he’s a little delusional. You gotta say what you gotta say when you lose to keep yourself in the right mentality and feel like you’re still relevant, to campaign for yourself. I could have went two more rounds....

Nov 4, 2013 7:39 am

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Hacran Dias Set for UFC Fight Night 34

The UFC’s first trip to Singapore will bring with it the debut of fan favorite, Tatsuya Kawajiri (32-7-2) as he battles Hacran Dias (21-2-1). The bout was reported by Asian combat sports outlet, Fight Sport Asia. Kawajiri has recently enjoyed a five-fight win streak with four of those wins coming in his new division, featherweight....

Oct 31, 2013 1:51 pm

Gilbert Melendez Wants Fight With Khabib Nurmagomedov, Khabib Agrees

  The bay area fighters are at odds once again. After a storied rivalry between Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson, the UFC’s former title challenger, Gilbert Melendez has a new AKA fighter on his radar, Khabib Nurmagomedov. The former Strikeforce champ spoke on the potential matchup in a recent interview with FOX LA. “I know...

Oct 29, 2013 10:34 am

Diego Sanchez wants to humble ‘pipsqueak’ McGregor | UFC NEWS

UFC veteran Diego Sanchez just fought in arguably one of the best fights, in the very least, of the year, in his unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Melendez. Sanchez is known for his relentless fighting style and when speaking with MMA Hour, he used the same approach when commenting on Irish featherweight Conor McGregor. McGregor,...

Oct 21, 2013 11:48 am

Melendez Steals Contender Slot From T.J. Grant With UFC 166 Performance

Few fights have ever, or will ever live up to what was UFC 166’s Melendez vs. Sanchez fight. The two lightweight fighters threw down for 15-minutes straight until the eventual winner, Gilbert Melendez, got his hand raised. UFC President Dana White is putting Melendez right back up in the contender chair and as he told...

Oct 19, 2013 11:29 pm

Dana White Confirms Melendez Back In “The Mix” With Victory Over Sanchez

In front of a sold out crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez put on a Fight of the Year Candidate that brought everyone in the arena to their feet. While unranked Diego Sanchez rose to the occasion and impressed the crowd and UFC brass alike, Gilbert Melendez was...

Oct 19, 2013 11:53 am

Watch Tonight’s UFC 166 Post-Fight Press Conference Live on BJPENN.COM

Immediately following tonight’s ‘UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III’ pay-per-view card, fight fans are invited here to catch the live broadcast of the evening’s post-fight press conference. Get the immediate reactions from tonight’s fighters and UFC President Dana White by tuning in right here at the conclusion of the main event. Use the player...

Oct 18, 2013 2:58 pm

PHOTO | Best Staredowns From Today’s UFC 166 Weigh-Ins

Today’s UFC 166 weigh-ins was full of highly intense staredowns from the fighters. Just look at Sanchez & Melendez(above). If you missed today’s BJPENN.COM live weigh-in broadcast, just check out what you missed below: Cormier vs. Nelson: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos:

Oct 18, 2013 10:12 am

VIDEO | Junior dos Santos Discusses Cut Over Eye

Junior dos Santos talks about his upcoming third fight against Cain Velasquez, his new Nike shoes, the cut above his eye, which recent Velasquez comments he deems “arrogant,” whether he misses the belt, and more.

Oct 17, 2013 11:14 am

Gilbert Melendez Making First ‘Uncrowned’ Title Defense This Weekend

“I’m looking to make a statement here. I’m looking to make my first uncrowned title defense and really make a statement. I think Diego is a great fighter but me being at my best I think I can make a statement with a dominant performance.” “I think he’s a great fighter, honestly. I think he’s...

Oct 17, 2013 10:04 am

VIDEO | Countdown to UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos (Full Episode)

All roads lead to Houston as heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and former champion Junior Dos Santos prepare to complete their epic title trilogy. If you missed the television airing of ‘Countdown to UFC 166’ have no fear, all three-parts are here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the Sanchez vs. Melendez portion above, and the other...

Oct 17, 2013 9:19 am

VIDEO | Gilbert Melendez sounds off on Diego Sanchez, Pettis & the Diaz bros

“El Nino” will be storming into Houston this weekend to face Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. The No. 2-ranked lightweight and former Strikeforce champ discusses his Sanchez fight plan, “boring” fighters, Anthony Pettis, Nick and Nate Diaz, Ronda Rousey, and a potential fourth fight with Josh Thomson.

Oct 16, 2013 6:10 am

Diego Sanchez: I love the way I match-up with Anthony Pettis

Diego Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) made his lightweight debut in February of 2009, this after a 6-2 run in the UFC’s welterweight division. “The Dream” scored back-to-back wins over Joe Stevenson and Clay Guida, which earned him a lightweight title shot against then-champion, B.J. Penn. Unfortunately for fans of “The Dream,” Sanchez was dominated...

Oct 15, 2013 10:40 am

Gilbert Melendez Says Right Fight Would Bring Nick Diaz Out Of Retirement

Retired UFC welterweight fighter, Nick Diaz has been sitting idle since his decision loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 this past March. The former Strikeforce welterweight champ and on-again-off-again middleweight fighter has said he will never fight again. His team Gracie teammate and UFC lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, has taken to the UFC 166...

Oct 2, 2013 10:17 am

VIDEO | Warrior Code: Gilbert Melendez

Lightweight Gilbert Melendez has his sights set on another shot at the UFC belt but he also has a profound perspective on all things UFC as he reveals in Warrior Code.

Aug 27, 2013 1:04 pm

Duke Roufus: Fighting Pettis in Milwaukee is like fighting GSP in Montreal

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will finally get his shot at UFC gold this Saturday night when he rematches Benson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 164 in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pettis and Henderson first met at WEC 53 back in 2010 for the World Extreme...

Aug 27, 2013 12:20 pm

Benson Henderson: I’m going to break Silva’s record in 2016

Anderson “The Spider” Silva (33-5 MMA, 16-1 UFC) is the most dominant champion in the history of the UFC,  having successfully defended his middleweight belt ten consecutive times during his title reign. Current UFC lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) is confident that he will eventually break Anderson’s record, and has already determined when that...

Jun 14, 2013 6:37 am

Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez Targeted for Fall Bout

An intriguing lightweight bout between former #1 contender Diego Sanchez (24-5) and former Strikeforce lightweight champion and recent title challenger Gilbert Melendez (21-3) has been rumored and reported by an MMA news outlet. The bout was said to be set on the UFC 164 but is now said to take place later in the year,...

May 4, 2013 12:55 pm

Gilbert Melendez: ‘I never felt like I was in danger’ in Benson Henderson Fight

Two weeks ago, Gilbert Melendez and Benson Henderson squared off in a lightweight title fight in the main event of UFC on FOX 7. The closely contested bout was back and forth and close to call, but much to the disappointment of onlookers, Benson Henderson was awarded a victory via a split-decision on the judges...

May 3, 2013 8:54 am

VIDEO | UFC on FOX: Henderson vs Melendez Phantom Cam Highlights

UFC on FOX: Henderson vs Melendez highlights from the FOX Phantom Cam, a revolutionary high-speed camera rig, shot in mesmerizing super slow-motion. Relive the fight night highlights including Josh Thomson’s TKO of Nate Diaz to Benson Henderson’s successful title defense against Gilbert Melendez in truly mind-blowing slow-mo.