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Gilbert Melendez to Bellator doesn’t change the MMA landscape at all

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We reported earlier this week that top five lightweight Gilbert Melendez had agreed in principle to sign with Bellator MMA after negotiations with the UFC fell through. The UFC still holds matching rights, so the deal isn't complete and he very well could re-sign with the UFC. If he goes to Bellator, there are many people, like Dave Meltzer, who think the move would be a game changer. Read More »

Bellator & Gilbert Melendez agree on structure to bring top lightweight To Bellator

Gilbert Melendez

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 best, including Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, Dave Jansen and a host of top lightweights from around the world. Read More »

Should Gilbert Melendez snub the UFC and sign with Bellator?

Gilbert Melendez

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has been negotiating with the UFC to hammer out a new contract since the one he brought over from the Strikeforce/UFC merger has been fulfilled. However, things aren't going well and it looks like the former champion could be on his way out of the UFC. There's another former champion that's excited about the possibility of fighting Melendez. Read More »

Could Gilbert Melendez find himself out of the UFC?

Gilbert Melendez

Sounds like tough times for former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Ariel Helwani spoke with Dana White and the boss says it isn't looking good for a new deal to be struck at the moment. Dana tells Helwani "I’m done with Gilbert. I like Gilbert very much, but I don’t like his manager." Read More »

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