Gilbert Melendez Reportedly In Talks For Possible Retirement Fight

Gilbert Melendez’s decorated MMA career could be coming to an end. News broke today that Melendez is reportedly in talks to end his lengthy layoff to face Arnold Allen at December’s UFC 232 according to an anonymous source who confirmed the talks to MMAjunkie.com. The fight was first reported by FloCombat. Melendez recently confirmed that he […]

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Gilbert Melendez’s decorated MMA career could be coming to an end.

News broke today that Melendez is reportedly in talks to end his lengthy layoff to face Arnold Allen at December’s UFC 232 according to an anonymous source who confirmed the talks to MMAjunkie.com. The fight was first reported by FloCombat.

Melendez recently confirmed that he was ending a yearlong hiatus since a brutal beating at the hands of feared knockout artist Jeremy Stephens. The bout was contested at featherweight, Melendez’ first bout at 145 pounds since 2003.

The former Strikeforce lightweight champion and UFC title challenger was once one of the top 155-pound fighters in the world. He won the Strikeforce lightweight title twice and defended it five times in total to storm into the UFC in 2013. He met then-champ Benson Henderson for the title and lost a close split decision. ‘El Nino’ then won a brutal, bloody war with Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 to earn a second UFC title shot at UFC 181 in December 2014.

Melendez was submitted by former champ Anthony Pettis and went on to lose three straight fights to Stephens, Edson Barboza, and Eddie Alvarez to put his overall UFC record at a disappointing 1-5.

He was also suspended for a positive drug test and has been dealing with a significant leg injury where bruises calcified and resulted in nerve damage. But in an interview with MMAjunkie this week, he said he’s doing better:

“As a fighter, recovery takes a bit longer, and mileage is a little bit more, so with all that added up, I took some time,” Melendez said on Wednesday. “But I’m feeling great. My leg is better. I’m checking kicks right now, and I feel good about it.”

With the losses mounting to the best fighters in the world, ‘El Nino’ admitted he needs to win his next fight and win big.

If he did, he claimed his career may continue, but a loss or poor performance would result in him re-examining his path:

“I think it’s important for me to succeed in my next fight,” Melendez said. “It will be hard to go on if I don’t succeed. I really have to deliver. Even if I did come out with a victory, and I’m not happy with my performance, I’d probably have to consider everything.

“I need to succeed in this fight. If I do, that journey may continue. But if I don’t succeed, I can’t say forever-ever, but it’s definitely going to be time to step back for a long time.”

If he does battle Allen, he’ll have no easy task. The 24-year-old featherweight was last seen submitting Mads Burnell at May’s UFC Liverpool. He boasts four wins in a row in the UFC and an overall MMA record of 13-1.

Will Melendez continue his storied career past UFC 232?

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Benson Henderson’s Bellator Return Set For This Fall

Benson Henderson is ready to get back into the cage.

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Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s Bellator return is officially set.

Henderson has been with Bellator MMA since 2016. Since signing with the promotion, he has gone 2-3 inside the cage. He picked up his first win since 2016 this past April when he submitted Roger Huerta in the second round of their Bellator 196 meeting.

Now, Henderson is set for a fight that could have major implications on the Bellator lightweight title picture. MMA Fighting reports that “Bendo” will return to face Saad Awad at Bellator 208.

Bellator 208 will go down live from the Nassau Coliseum from Uniondale, New York on October 13, 2018. Henderson will have his hands full when he steps into the cage to face Awad.

The 35-year-old “Assassin” is riding a four-fight win streak in Bellator. His last outing saw him finish Ryan Couture in the first round via TKO. Awad is a longtime Bellator MMA veteran who has been with the promotion since 2013.

The closest he has come to lightweight gold came back in that very year. He was involved in the Bellator Season Nine Lightweight Tournament Semifinal. Awad was bested by Will Brooks, the eventual tournament winner.

With a big win over a fighter the caliber of Henderson, Awad will have a claim to the next shot at the Bellator lightweight title.

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Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad Booked For Bellator 208

Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad is a lock for Bellator 208. MMAJunkie.com reports that a Bellator official has informed them that Henderson and Awad will clash inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Oct. 13. This is the same card headlined by a B…

Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad is a lock for Bellator 208. MMAJunkie.com reports that a Bellator official has informed them that Henderson and Awad will clash inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Oct. 13. This is the same card headlined by a Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen. […]

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Bellator 196 Results: Benson Henderson Submits Roger Huerta

It’s once again fight day here at LowKickMMA, and the talent on display tonight (Friday, April 6, 2018) will come in the form of Bellator 196. Headlining the card are Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta, but there’s a whole bunch of great fights also taking place on the rest of the main card. Benson Henderson […]

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It’s once again fight day here at LowKickMMA, and the talent on display tonight (Friday, April 6, 2018) will come in the form of Bellator 196. Headlining the card are Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta, but there’s a whole bunch of great fights also taking place on the rest of the main card.

Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta meet in a lightweight bout in the main event. In round 1, Henderson caught a body kick and landed a big right hand. Henderson  with a head kick and a right hand that hurt Huerta. Henderson took him down in the middle of the round. Huerta was bleeding from his right temple. Huerta was able to get back to his feet and they clinched. Henderson  was trying to get a takedown but kept getting stuffed. Huerta took him down with three minutes to go. Henderson got back to his feet. In round 2, Henderson tripped him right out of the gate but Huerta got back to his feet and Henderson locked in the guillotine choke for the win.

Adam Borics and Manuel Gaxhja meet in a featherweight bout in the co-main event. In round 1, a wild pace to kick things off. Borics dropped him and took him down. Borics got half guard and rained down strikes from top position to end the round. In round 2, Borics stayed on him and Gaxja was trying to get into his grove and build his momentum. Borics KO’d him with a perfect flying knee and that was a wrap.

Denise Kielholtz vs. Lena Ovchynnikova is next in a women’s flyweight bout. In round 1, Kielholtz was able to clinch and take her down just a minute into the round. Ovchynnikova was able to get back to her feet and Kielholtz dropped her with a right hand but Ovchynnikova got back up quickly. In round 2, Kielholtz walked her down and kept the pressure on her. They exchanged leg kicks and it turned into a kickboxing bout. Ovchynnikova scored a takedown late in the round but Kielholtz got back to her feet. In round 3, this was very similar to the second round as they kept striking and continued a solid pace. For the last seconds of the round, they had a wild exchange with Kielholtz taking her down to end the round and win the fight.

Giorgio Belsanti vs. Brian Moore is next in a featherweight bout. In round 1, Moore dropped him with a right hand after a wild exchange. Moore got on top in half guard. Belsanti regrouped after being rocked. Moore was able to lock in the guillotine choke for the win.

Opening the main card on Spike TV is Ion Pascu vs. Ed Ruth in a catchweight bout. In round 1, they trade strikes early with Ruth pressing forward. Pascu was tagging him with jabs but Ruth didn’t back down. Ruth kept his hands down, which was a mistake. Ruth slipped but got up and took him down with a single leg. He got on top and rained down some strikes from half guard. Pascu got back to his feet near the end of the round. In round 2, they kept the action on its feet for the majority of the round with both fighters getting their stuff in. Ruth started to increase the pace and volume with Pascu covering up more. Ruth had a lot of confidence as he had his hands low the whole time. Truth tripped him late in the round and rained down more strikes to end the round. In round 3, Ruth took him down right out of the gate and got guard but Pascu went for a guillotine choke. Truth was able to get out of it and landed some more strikes. Ruth dominated this round and won the fight by decision.

Here are the results for this event:

MAIN CARD (Paramount Network/9 p.m. ET)

Benson Henderson def. Roger Huerta by submission (choke). Round 2

Adam Borics def. Teodor Nikolov by knockout. Round 2

Denise Kielholtz def. Petra Castkova by unanimous decision

Brian Moore def. Giorgio Belsanti by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1

Ed Ruth def. Ion Pascu by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/7 p.m. ET)

Norbert Novenyi def. Mehmet Yueksel by submission (choke). Round 1

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Bellator 196: Henderson vs. Huerta Preview

Bellator MMA is gearing up for their next event after taking a few weeks off. However, their back and it looks like an exciting night of fights by looking at the card on paper. Bellator 196 is set to take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Budapest, Hun…

Bellator MMA is gearing up for their next event after taking a few weeks off. However, their back and it looks like an exciting night of fights by looking at the card on paper. Bellator 196 is set to take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary at the Budapest Sports Arena. The […]

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Benson Henderson Plans to Restart his Career After Recent Anti-Climatic Run

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson plans to turn his career around, and it all starts with his next fight. James Gallagher was slated to fight Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC), who returns to Bellator for the first time since 2010, at Bellator…

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson plans to turn his career around, and it all starts with his next fight. James Gallagher was slated to fight Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC), who returns to Bellator for the first time since 2010, at Bellator 196. However, Gallagher had to pull out of the fight. Now, Henderson […]

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