Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez’s time with the UFC has reportedly come to an end because the fighter has been cut by the promotion.
Fight Book MMA first reported the news, although no comments have been issued by either the UFC or Melendez at this time.
Melendez (22-8-0, 1-6-0 UFC) only picked up a single win under the UFC banner and that came over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. Melendez hasn’t picked up a victory in over six years and will exit the UFC while in the midst of a five fight losing streak. Melendez had challenged twice before for the UFC Lightweight Title, losing to then champions Ben Henderson at UFC On Fox 7 and Anthony Pettis at UFC 181. Melendez leaves the UFC on the aforementioned five fight losing streak, with those losses coming to Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, Jeremy Stephens and Arnold Allen. Melendez had a lot more success in his pre-UFC days, capturing the Strikeforce Lightweight Title and competing in a legendary three fight series with Josh Thomson.
There is no word at this time as to where Melendez may sign with next, but the fighter is now a free agent and can sign with whatever promotion makes an offer.
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