Archive: Gilbert Melendez

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...

Jul 19, 2013 1:32 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Cesar Gracie On Why Anderson Is Going To Start Losing More, Rousey vs. Tate II, and Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez | BJPenn.com Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN | Famed BJJ coach and longtime fan favorite of BJPenn.com, Cesar Gracie, joined our own Pedro Carrasco and George Mathews on Wednesday night’s episode (July 17th) of BJPenn.com Radio. Cesar is a staple in the training circles of the MMA community, he’s the head of the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in California, and he has...

Jul 5, 2013 11:05 am

Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez Official for UFC 166

Another great match-up has been added to the UFC’s return to Houston, TX on October 19 for UFC 166. Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez is set to take on Ultimate Fighter 1 winner and former challenger for the UFC Lightweight Championship, Diego “The Dream” Sanchez. Formerly reported for a UFC event in...

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,...