Gilbert Melendez's Blogs

  • Video: UFC 181 ‘Embedded’ Episode 2 By: C.J. Tuttle

    Ultimate Fighting Championship has released the second installment of its “Embedded” series, focusing on this Saturday’s Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez co-main event bout at UFC 181.



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  • Wednesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Wednesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Diaz vs. Condit - UFC 143 Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit; UFC 142 Rousimar Palhares and and Mike Massenzio; Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon at UFC 144.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 Prelims
    Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Howard; Manny Gamburyan vs. Dennis Siver; Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau; Uriah Hall vs. Chris Leben. From Las Vegas.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler - Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler battle for the welterweight championship.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Fights

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Countdown
    UFC 181 Countdown

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 10: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Fighting for Themselves - Aisling Daly gets a surprise visit from Conor McGregor. The fighters visit Harley Davidson boot camp. Then, in the second quarterfinal, 5 ranked Aisling Daly takes on 4 ranked Jessica Penne with the winner advancing to the semi-final.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 11: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Best Job in the World- In a special two-fight episode, 3 seed Tecia Torres faces top seed Carla Esparza in the third quarterfinal fight. Then 7 seed Rose Namajunas takes on 2 seed Joanne Calderwood for the last spot in the semifinals.

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  • Tuesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Tuesday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown
    UFC 181: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II From Las Vegas, Nevada.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler - Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler battle for the welterweight championship.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Diaz vs. Condit - UFC 143 Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit; UFC 142 Rousimar Palhares and and Mike Massenzio; Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon at UFC 144.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 8: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Scrapettes - A group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia to move out of their room. At a pool party tensions between the fighters boil over. Then Team Melendez sends 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against 3 ranked Tecia Torres.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 168: Weidman vs. Silva 2 Prelims
    Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Howard; Manny Gamburyan vs. Dennis Siver; Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau; Uriah Hall vs. Chris Leben. From Las Vegas.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Magnum Force Part 1

    9:00 p.m. ET MavTV: Greatest KnockOuts
    The best collection of knockouts ever caught on camera from the biggest stars in MMA today.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Magnum Force Part 1

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Aerial Assault - Part 2

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  • Sunday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Sunday



    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed

    4:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez

    8:00 p.m. ET HBO: Boxing
    Terence Crawford vs. Raymundo Beltran

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Diego Sanchez vs.Gilbert Melendez

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 181: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Countdown
    UFC 181: Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 10: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Fighting for Themselves

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Edgar vs. Swanson - Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson; Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza; Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus; Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk; Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz; Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Edgar vs. Swanson - Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson; Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza; Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus; Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk; Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz; Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 1: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: For the Belt - Female fighters prepare to compete for the UFC's new 115-pound division title.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 10: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Fighting for Themselves - Aisling Daly gets a surprise visit from Conor McGregor. The fighters visit Harley Davidson boot camp. Then, in the second quarterfinal, 5 ranked Aisling Daly takes on 4 ranked Jessica Penne with the winner advancing to the semi-final.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 2: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: We All Came Here to Fight! Joanne Calderwood faces Emily Kagan.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 3: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Fight Fate - On the heels of Team Pettis' second win in a row, a silly game at the house turns raunchy. Then in the third preliminary fight, 4 seed Jessica Penne of Team Pettis takes on 13 seed Lisa Ellis of Team Melendez.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 4: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Make A Big Strike - Tensions between Heather Clark and the rest of Team Melendez escalate. Urijah Faber takes over for Anthony Pettis for a few days. Then, in the fourth fight of the tournament, Team Pettis pits 1 ranked Carla Esparza against 16 ranked Angela Hill.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 5: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Coming to Get You - An injury forces a fighter out of the competition and opens the door for another; Team Melendez fighters question Heather Clark's knee injury; the rivalry between Felice Herrig and Heather Clark comes to a head.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 6: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Give It All You Have - Tecia's return to the competition angers some fighters. Then, in the sixth fight of the tournament Team Pettis pits 5th ranked Aisling Daly against 12th ranked Angela Magana for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 7: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Risk It All - Heather Clark receives shocking news. Both teams visit with members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. The seventh preliminary fight, 7th seed Rose Namajunas tries to earn the first win for Team Melendez, against 10th seed Alex Chambers.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 8: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Scrapettes - A group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia to move out of their room. At a pool party tensions between the fighters boil over. Then Team Melendez sends 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against 3 ranked Tecia Torres.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 10: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Fighting for Themselves - Aisling Daly gets a surprise visit from Conor McGregor. The fighters visit Harley Davidson boot camp. Then, in the second quarterfinal, 5 ranked Aisling Daly takes on 4 ranked Jessica Penne with the winner advancing to the semi-final.

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  • Wednesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Wednesday



    3:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Edgar vs. Swanson – Prelims Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland; Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez; James Vick vs. Nick Hein; Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola. From the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Training Day
    Team Alpha Male

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback
    Diego Sanchez vs.Gilbert Melendez

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 10: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Fighting for Themselves - Aisling Daly gets a surprise visit from Conor McGregor. The fighters visit Harley Davidson boot camp. Then, in the second quarterfinal, 5 ranked Aisling Daly takes on 4 ranked Jessica Penne with the winner advancing to the semi-final.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Friday



    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 1: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: For the Belt - Female fighters prepare to compete for the UFC's new 115-pound division title.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 2: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: We All Came Here to Fight! Joanne Calderwood faces Emily Kagan.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 3: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Fight Fate - On the heels of Team Pettis' second win in a row, a silly game at the house turns raunchy. Then in the third preliminary fight, 4 seed Jessica Penne of Team Pettis takes on 13 seed Lisa Ellis of Team Melendez.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 4: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Make A Big Strike - Tensions between Heather Clark and the rest of Team Melendez escalate. Urijah Faber takes over for Anthony Pettis for a few days. Then, in the fourth fight of the tournament, Team Pettis pits 1 ranked Carla Esparza against 16 ranked Angela Hill.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 5: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Coming to Get You - An injury forces a fighter out of the competition and opens the door for another; Team Melendez fighters question Heather Clark's knee injury; the rivalry between Felice Herrig and Heather Clark comes to a head.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 6: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Give It All You Have - Tecia's return to the competition angers some fighters. Then, in the sixth fight of the tournament Team Pettis pits 5th ranked Aisling Daly against 12th ranked Angela Magana for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 7: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Risk It All - Heather Clark receives shocking news. Both teams visit with members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team. The seventh preliminary fight, 7th seed Rose Namajunas tries to earn the first win for Team Melendez, against 10th seed Alex Chambers.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 8: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Scrapettes - A group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia to move out of their room. At a pool party tensions between the fighters boil over. Then Team Melendez sends 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against 3 ranked Tecia Torres.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: America's Pregame
    UFC Weigh-in: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights
    Lion Fight 19 - Fabio Pinca fights Sean Kearney; Jeri Sitzes meets Chajmaa Bellakhal; live Muay Thai boxing.

    11:30 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 365 - Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice break down UFC Fight Night; Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello discuss Lion Fight 19; an interview with Matt Peterson.

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  • Thursday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Thursday



    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Head-Kick Knockouts - Spectacular head-kick knockouts.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman - UFC 162 made history in July of 2013 when longtime champion and future Hall of Famer Anderson Silva first took on undefeated Chris Weidman.

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

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  • Wednesday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Wednesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 156: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar From Las Vegas.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 8: Team Melendez vs Team Pettis: Scrapettes - A group of Team Melendez fighters decide they want Tecia to move out of their room. At a pool party tensions between the fighters boil over. Then Team Melendez sends 8 ranked Bec Rawlings against 3 ranked Tecia Torres.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Submissions

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Fights

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

    9:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Unleashed
    The best fights from the UFC archives

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 20 Episode 9: Team Melendez vs. Team Pettis: Don't Talk to Me - Team Pettis decides opponents will not attend the same practice. One of the fighters breaks the agreement and the team disintegrates into arguing factions. Then, teammates do battle as 6 seed Felice Herrig takes on 14 seed Randa Markos.

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  • Saturday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood





    Saturday



    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Weigh-In
    UFC 180: Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: The Ultimate Fighter
    Team Pettis vs. Team Melendez

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Prefight Show
    UFC 180: Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt

    7:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Countdown
    UFC 180 Countdown UFC 180: Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt - Prelims
    UFC 180 Prelims From Mexico City, Mexico.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt - Prelims
    UFC 180 Prelims From Mexico City, Mexico.

    9:00 p.m. ET SpikeTV: Bellator MMA
    Tito Ortiz vs. Stephan Bonnar Bitter rivals Stephan Bonnar and Tito Ortiz headline this stacked card live from San Diego. Will Brooks puts his title on the line against former champ Michael Chandler and King Mo returns to the cage.

    10:00 p.m. ET PPV: UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt
    Live from the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, UFC 180 features an interim heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Mark Hunt.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Heavyweights

    1:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Post-Fight Show
    UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt

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