Melendez (22-7-0) enters the contest while in the midst of a four fight losing streak and he hasn’t picked up a victory in almost five years. Melendez has twice before challenged for the UFC Lightweight Title, losing to the duo of then champions Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis. Melendez has won just one of four bouts at UFC pay-per-view events, with that lone win coming over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166.
Allen (14-1-0) is currently undefeated under the UFC banner, having defeated Jordan Rinaldi, Alan Omer, Yaotzin Meza, Makwan Amirkhani and Mads Burnell. Allen hasn’t suffered a defeat in over four years, with that last loss coming to Marcin Wrzosek at Cage Warriors 69. Allen is also competing on a UFC pay-per-view card for the first time during his UFC tenure, which has lasted over three years.
UFC 239 takes place on Saturday, July 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Thiago Santos headlining. Fightful is going to be providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.