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Gilbert Melendez


Win Rate
73 %
Finish Rate
55 %
Decision Win %
59 %

Gilbert Melendez

5' 9 (175 cm)
73 in. (6' 1/185 cm)
United States
Main Division
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Cesar Gracie
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
Melendez is from Santa Ana, California, of Mexican descent. Melendez always enjoyed combat sports and competition, but did not start training in MMA until after college when he was introduced to the sport by his good friend and MMA fighter Jake Shields. Melendez attended San Francisco State University and was studying in liberal arts, he anticipated becoming a teacher but did not finish his college education and get a degree, on account of training for MMA and working outside of college. He has stated that someday he plans on finishing his college education. Before becoming a professional fighter, he worked as a waiter and he also had a job at a Fairtex gear shop, which would later be one of his sponsors.
Fighter Trivia
Gil and Keri Melendez teach soldiers martial arts techniques at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in 2019 Melendez and his wife Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez have a daughter born August 8, 2010. Keri Anne is a Muay Thai fighter with a 3–10 record as a pro . She also has a knockout win as an MMA fighter.

Awards & Accolades

  • Strikeforce: Strikeforce Lightweight Championship (Two times; last)
  • Strikeforce: Five successful title defenses
  • Strikeforce: Interim Strikeforce Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • Strikeforce: One successful title defense
  • Strikeforce: Most championship bouts in Strikeforce history (10)
  • Strikeforce: Most successful title defenses in Strikeforce history (6)
  • Strikeforce: Most consecutive title defenses in Strikeforce history (4)
  • Strikeforce: Most wins in Strikeforce history (11)
  • Strikeforce: Most significant strikes landed in Strikeforce history (749)
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Diego Sanchez and Jeremy Stephens
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: WEC Lightweight Championship (One time; first)
  • International Fighting Championships: IFC Night of Warriors Amateur Tournament Winner
  • Inside MMA: 2013 Fight of the Year Bazzie Award vs. Diego Sanchez on October 19
  • Sports Illustrated: 2009 Round of the Year vs. Josh Thomson on December 19; Round 5
  • MMAFighting: 2006 Lightweight of the Year
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2013 Fight of the Year vs. Diego Sanchez on October 19

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