Gilbert Melendez run with the UFC have come to an end. The lightweight was released from the organization.
Sources close to FightBook MMA confirmed his departure on Monday morning. “El Niño” received notification of his dismissal on Wednesday. Meléndez became known for his time at Strikeforce, where he was the lightweight champion of the organization. In 2012 he signed with UFC. In his time at the UFC he was not the same as in the Scott Coker organization. Where he obtained a record of 1-6. Gilbert’s last fight was at UFC 239, where he lost by unanimous decision against Arnold Allen.
You can read his post form his Instagram below:
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Huge thanks to my team and all my loyal followers . You guys will never know how much your support has meant to me over the years. Things didn’t go my way but when you have the opportunity to chase a great moment or take on a challenge I suggest you face it and go for it. Even in defeat I know this experience will help me grow as a martial artist and as a person. At the end of the day I am happy , I am blessed , I am healthy , I am loved , I leveled up and I had a dang great time out there competing!!! Arnold is a great competitor , is a difficult target to find in the cage and I wish him the best in his fighting future . As for me I’m looking forward to now investing more of my time into my team and of course I will continue my studies as a student of martial arts. The journey will continue for #teamElNiño and the #skrappack because we are deep. ♾ Special thanks to @kerimelendez415 #myDadSenior #Leylakay #sam #mifamilia #santaana #sanfrancisco @jakeshields @natediaz209 @joshclopton @escobar415 @this_man_dk @tlee133 @alexcoriano @jimslaz @phil.vita @baluvargas @jamesappleberry @randy.j.miranda @hurricane_415 @elninotrainingcenter @mo.jitsu @dannydamage @micky_baiano @ninjafelix @codyorrison @eljaguars @cesargraciebjj @teamsantosjiujitsu @philbaldacci and the rest of the pack for putting that time in with me.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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