Gilbert Melendez's Blogs

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





    Thursday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: 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.

    5:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Anthony Pettis - Step inside the octagon as Pettis relives his three exciting first round finishes, including his thrilling submission of Benson Henderson to capture the Lightweight title.

    6:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate - Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event
    UFC 132: Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Debuts - First bouts of some of the UFC's top fighters.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Ronda Rousey discusses being a pioneer in her sport.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Anthony Pettis -Step inside the octagon as Pettis relives his three exciting first round finishes, including his thrilling submission of Benson Henderson to capture the Lightweight title.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: 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.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Countdown to Mayhem '14
    Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 - Analysis of the first Mayweather-Maidana bout and a preview of the upcoming rematch.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC From All Angles
    Miesha Tate

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Submissions Top submissions examined.

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Countdown to Mayhem '14
    Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 - Analysis of the first Mayweather-Maidana bout and a preview of the upcoming rematch.

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing
    Luis Ortiz vs. Lateef Kayode - From the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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





    Wednesday



    1:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    From the Brink of Defeat - Inside the Octagon, anything can happen and these unbelievable come-from-behind victories prove it. With Brock Lesnar, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, and more.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    Jacare vs. Mousasi -From Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Countdown to Mayhem '14
    Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 - Analysis of the first Mayweather-Maidana bout and a preview of the upcoming rematch.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Unleashed
    Debuts - First bouts of some of the UFC's top fighters.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    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.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Roundtable
    The Ultimate Fighters - Ultimate Fighters roundtable discussion.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: 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.

    12:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    12:00 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.

    12:00 a.m. ET CBS Sports Network: Boxing2013: Marcos Rene Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez
    Maidana takes on Lopez for the WBA Inter-Continental welterweight title. From June 8, 2013 in Carson, Calif.

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





    Tuesday



    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

    7:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Fighting for a Generation: 20 Years of the UFC
    Examining the 20-year history of the UFC.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.

    3:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    UFC Stars MMA stars showcase their skills.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Middleweight Title Timeline Three pivotal fights that changed the face of the middleweight division.

    5:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1
    Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    6:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Fighting for a Generation: 20 Years of the UFC
    Examining the 20-year history of the UFC.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage


    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage Alliance
    KOTC championship mixed martial arts competition from the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Featuring Danielle Taylor vs. Jillian Lybarger in the main event. From May 26, 2014.

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





    Sunday



    5:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    International Fight Week - T.J. Dillashaw unlocks on the Warrior Code that made him a UFC Champion.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 159: Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen.

    6:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Ultimate Fighter Alumni Exciting finishes examined.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fighter's Cut Gilbert Melendez
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From Winnipeg.

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





    Thursday



    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut
    Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    10:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider
    Europe Rising

    11:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC's Road to the Octagon
    Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown

    12:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 143: Nick Diaz takes on Carlos Condit for the Interim title.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1 Urijah Faber
    The career resurgence of Urijah Farer.

    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.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 2: Embrace the War - Sixteen promising mixed martial artists move into The Ultimate Fighter house and join teams; one fighter receives bad news from home; two warriors face off.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 3: Old School vs. New School - Teams react after Cruz picks two top fighters to face off early; Cruz trains number one pick Justin Lawrence as Faber prepares Brazilian jiu-jitsu veteran Cristiano Marcello for their clash.

    10:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: TUF Nations Canada vs. Australia


    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 15 Episode 4: All the Pressure - An injury in practice puts one fighter's future in doubt; Faber brings in a life coach to help the fighters be more positive; Al Iaquinta takes on Myles Jury of Team Cruz in the third preliminary fight.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

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





    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Night UFC: Swanson vs. Stephens: Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens; Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nico Musoke; Cezar Ferreira vs. Andrew Craig; Ricardo Lamas vs. Hacran Dias; Clint Hester vs. Antonio Braga Neto; Joe Ellenberger vs. James Moontasri. From San Antonio.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed Chris Weidman vs. Mark Munoz; Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub; Cub Swanson vs. Ross Pearson.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1 The career resurgence of Urijah Faber.

    7:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC From All Angles The remarkable rise of Chris Weidman.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded UFC 164: Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis From Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    2:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Episode 12: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: The Big Show Last two semifinal battles for spots in the finals.

    3:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights Affliction: Day of Reckoning Former UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski fights former Pride heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

    3:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Main Event UFC 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman/Frankie Edgar vs. Charles Oliveira Mixed martial artists train for UFC 162.

    4:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Countdown UFC 175: Chris Weidman and Alexis Davis prepare for title bouts.

    5:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights: Best of 2013 Fights from Legacy, Lion Fight, Resurrection and the MFC; features Holly Holm, Sergio Pettis, Leonard Garcia and Tiffany Van Soest.

    5:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: America's Pregame UFC 175 Weigh in: Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida From Las Vegas.

    6:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fighter's Cut Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez stage epic slugfest.

    7:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: The Voice Versus UFC President Dana White discusses the early days of UFC, boxing vs. MMA, and Fedor Emelianenko.

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Fight Flashback Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate Enhanced coverage of classic bout between female fighters.

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: Inside MMA EPISODE: 345 Reed Harris; Chuck Liddell; Guy Mezger.

    8:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Countdown: UFC 175 Countdown Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight Special Friday Edition Live from Las Vegas.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights Lion Fight 16 Kevin Ross fights Michael Thompson for the super lightweight title; Sindy Huyer fights Tiffany Van Soest; live from Las Vegas.

    11:30 p.m. ET AXS TV: AXS TV Fights Affliction: Day of Reckoning Former UFC heavyweight Andrei Arlovski fights former Pride heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.

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





    Tuesday



    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard Benson Henderson vs. Clay Guida from UFC on FOX; Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard from UFC 136.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC 1 on 1Ronda Rousey
    Ronda Rousey discusses being a pioneer in her sport.

    9:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback
    Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez 1 Enhanced fight replay.

    10:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 5: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Too Salty Team Penn gets a lecture on overtraining.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 6: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Fight to Live Controversial decision causes explosive reaction.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 7: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Kinetic Chess Tensions boil over at the house in the wake of Roger Zapata's controversial win over; in the sixth preliminary fight, Patrick Walsh against Anton Berzin.

    1:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz Henderson vs. Diaz; Swick vs. Brown; Ellengerger vs. Kampmann.

    2:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson Relive the action from UFC 144 Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo.

    7:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Throwdown, Part 2 From the Las Cruces Convention Center in Las Cruces, N.M. Brian Castillo vs John Rozema. From April 19, 2014.

    7:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Miocic vs. Maldonado – Prelims Mark Eddiva vs. Kevin Souza; Gasan Umalatov vs. Paulo Thiago; Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio; Rashid Magomedov vs. Rodrigo Damm. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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

    9:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night
    UFC: Miocic vs. Maldonado Robbie Peralta vs. Rony Jason; Alexander Yakovlev vs. Demian Maia; Warlley Alves vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr.; Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Vitor Miranda; Fabio Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    10:00 p.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Throwdown, Part 2 From the Las Cruces Convention Center in Las Cruces, N.M. Brian Castillo vs John Rozema. From April 19, 2014.

    12:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Throwdown, Part 1 KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from the Las Cruces Convention Center, Las Cruces, N.M. Cristobal Chavez vs. Kevin Wirth. From April 19, 2014.

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





    Wednesday



    4:00 a.m. ET MavTV: King of the Cage
    Beaten Path, Part 2 KOTC Championship mixed martial arts competition from San Manuel Casino in Highland, Calif. Featuring Matt Lagler vs. Daniel Hernandez.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jones vs. Machida The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida, Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone, Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin, and Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz.

    7:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 3: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Anytime, Anywhere Frankie Edgar brings in jiu jitsu black belt Renzo Gracie to work with his team. Dan Spohn continues training at the house and Todd Monaghan holds a sermon. Then Spohn and Monaghan face off in the second preliminary fight.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: Best of WEC
    Finishes Knockouts, submissions and memorable finishes in the WEC.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez
    Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    11:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Unleashed
    Jones vs. Machida The best fights from the UFC archives, featuring Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida, Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone, Bart Palaszewski vs. Tyson Griffin, and Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 158: Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz From Montreal.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC From All Angles
    Host Karyn Bryant sits down with UFC star Frankie Edgar to discuss his career.

    7:30 p.m ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Knockouts
    Fastest Knockouts Fastest finishes in MMA history.

    7:30 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news

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

    8:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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

    9:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 3: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Anytime, Anywhere Frankie Edgar brings in jiu jitsu black belt Renzo Gracie to work with his team. Daniel Spohn continues training at the house and Todd Monaghan holds a sermon. Then Spohn and Monaghan face off in the second preliminary fight.

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 19 Episode 4: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Stand and Bang Team Penn tries to continue its winning streak.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet 360: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news

    12:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Tonight
    UFC highlights, analysis and interviews.

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





    Sunday



    4:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 1: Boxing Golden Boy Live: Ishe Smith vs. Ryan Davis From Las Vegas.

    4:30 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Ultimate Insider Faber on the Brink Urijah Faber recounts his UFC 169 fight. Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar imagine a world where the UFC never existed.

    6:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC: Henderson vs. Melendez Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez battle for the light heavyweight title; Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier; Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson. From San Jose, Calif.

    8:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC UnleashedBenson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz; Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown; Jake Ellengerger vs. Martin Kampmann.

    9:00 a.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Reloaded UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche The first women's fight in UFC history.

    12:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Flashback Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson Enhanced replay of a memorable title fight.

    4:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: UFC Fight Night Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon; Uriah Hall vs. John Howard; Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle; Iuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber; Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem; Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen. From the TD Garden in Boston.

    7:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 2: The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Episode 3: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Anytime, Anywhere Frankie Edgar brings in jiu jitsu black belt Renzo Gracie to work with his team. Dan Spohn continues training at the house and Todd Monaghan holds a sermon. Then Spohn and Monaghan face off in the second preliminary fight.

    8:30 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: UFC Ultimate Insider FOX UFC Saturday; Lorenz Larkin; Al Iaquinta From Orlando.

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

    10:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1: The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Episode 3: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn: Anytime, Anywhere Frankie Edgar brings in jiu jitsu black belt Renzo Gracie to work with his team. Dan Spohn continues training at the house and Todd Monaghan holds a sermon. Then Spohn and Monaghan face off in the second preliminary fight.

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  • This Week’s MMA Birthdays: Gilbert Melendez Turns 32 By: Brian Knapp

    Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez turns 32 this week. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



    One of MMA’s most accomplished and consistent lightweights, Gilbert Melendez will celebrate his 32nd birthday on April 12.

    Melendez last appeared at UFC 166 in October, when he took a unanimous decision from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 winner Diego Sanchez at the Toyota Center in Houston. A former Strikeforce and World Extreme Cagefighting champion, he has won eight of his past nine bouts, a contentious split decision loss to Benson Henderson in his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut the lone hiccup. Victories against Tatsuya Kawajiri (twice), Josh Thomson (twice), Shinya Aoki and Clay Guida anchor the stellar Melendez resume. The Cesar Gracie protégé has never been finished in his 25-fight professional career, which dates back to 2002.

    A Santa Ana, Calif., native, Melendez will coach opposite Anthony Pettis on Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” before challenging him for the UFC lightweight crown later this year.

    Those in MMA celebrating a birthday during the week covering April 6-April 12:

    APRIL 6

    Marcus Brimage (29)

    APRIL 7

    David Baggett (34)
    Russ Miura (33)

    APRIL 8

    Sakae Kasuya (32)
    Michal Materla (30)
    Shinji Maeguchi (29)
    Luis Alberto Nogueira (29)

    APRIL 9

    Gary Quan (43)

    APRIL 12

    Roman Savachka (36)
    Gilbert Melendez (32)
    Rick Glenn (25)

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