Gilbert Melendez
El Nino

USA

Falls to 1-6 in last seven fights
FeatherweightUFC
July 6, 2019
Melendez lost to Arnold Allen via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Melendez was not competitive in his first fight since September 2017. Going up a younger, quicker, and more powerful opponent, Melendez -- a boxer by trade -- was picked apart on the feet by Allen. Gil was one of the best fighters in the world for quite a long time, but it has become abundantly clear the 37-year-old has all but reached the finish line if he is not there already. Melendez has now lost five straight fights and has just one win dating back to April 2013.
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Scheduled for UFC 239
FeatherweightUFC
May 8, 2019
Melendez has been added to UFC 239 in Las Vegas on July 6 against Arnold Allen.
ANALYSIS
The two were supposed to meet up Nov. 30, 2018, at the finale of The Ultimate Fighter, but Melendez had to pull out with an undisclosed injury. Allen then also had to pull out of the fight due to injury, so now the two will give it a second chance with a potential clash in Las Vegas. Since then, Melendez hasn't returned to the Octagon and Allen defeated Jordan Rinaldi in his sole outing.
Withdraws from Allen fight
FeatherweightUFC
November 5, 2018
Melendez has pulled out of his bout against Arnold Allen with an undisclosed injury, Damon Martin of MMA NYTT reports.
ANALYSIS
There's been no word yet on the extent or the severity of the injury that has forced Melendez out of The Ultimate Fighter finale, but we do know it's enough to allow Rick Glenn to take his place Nov. 30. Until more comes out about what's ailing Melendez, it's unclear when his next fight will be.
Sees final bell despite significant leg injury
FeatherweightUFC
September 9, 2017
Melendez lost to Jeremy Stephens via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 25-30) at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton.
ANALYSIS
Melendez is stupidly tough. Fighting on one leg for the majority of the fight after eating several low kicks from Stephens early, Gil somehow managed to see the final bell in a fight in which he was injured almost immediately. Melendez's entire game plan was compromised due to the injury. He obviously couldn't properly defend himself and the injury severely limited his offensive arsenal. Tough circumstances asides, Gilbert has now lost four fights in a row and he has just one win in the past five-plus years. His past body of work makes it likely that Melendez will earn one more opportunity to prove himself.
Will face Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215
FeatherweightUFC
July 6, 2017
Melendez will face Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 on Sep. 9, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 35-year-old hasn't performed particularly well in his spotty activity recently, losing four of his past five bouts, with the most recent fight ending in a unanimous decision loss to Edson Barboza last July. That said, the potential future Hall-of-Famer has enough name recognition to get him a spot on a pay-per-view card. His opponent, Stephens, hasn't been effective of late either. He's dropped three of his last four fights, most recently falling to Renato Moicano on April 15 as a result of a split decision. Melendez will also be dropping down to featherweight (145 pounds) for this fight after competing at lightweight (155 pounds) for the majority of his recent career. The X-factor in this matchup will likely be how the 35-year-old's conditioning is affected by the extra weight cut.
Goes the distance, but drops unanimous decision to Edson Barboza
FeatherweightUFC
July 23, 2016
Melendez lost to Edson Barboza via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 20 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
Gilbert did all he could, it's just hard to win a fight with only one working leg. Melendez deserves credit for standing and exchanging with Barboza, and he certainly landed more than his fair share of shots, but he ate far too many leg kicks. By the time all was said and done, he was unable to push off of his left leg at all. Melendez by no means looked poor, but Barboza was simply on another level. After going more than four years without a loss from April 2009 to April 2013, Gil has now lost three fights in a row and four of his last five. It's hard to believe that the UFC would cut bait here, but they may be forced to give Melendez an easy fight his next time out.