Image of Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez


Image of Gilbert Melendez


Gilbert "El Niño" Melendez is a Mexican-American mixed martial artist who has fought at Featherweight and currently fights at Lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a two-time Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and a former WEC Lightweight Champion. He also competed in PRIDE FC, Shooto, and Rumble on the Rock. Melendez holds the distinction of being one of a select group of fighters who have ever been ranked #1 in the world in two weight classes in MMA, among the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Kazushi Sakuraba, and BJ Penn. Melendez was nicknamed after the infamous El Niño storm that wreaks havoc across the Pacific Rim. It was given to him by a Japanese broadcaster describing his fight-style and the manner in which he stormed through the Shooto Featherweight division


UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Himself 2019-07-06
Submission Underground 8 2019-05-12
UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 Himself 2017-09-09
UFC on Fox 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko Himself 2016-07-23
UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum Himself 2015-06-13
UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II Himself 2014-12-06
UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez Himself 2013-04-19
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III Himself 2013-10-19
Mexican Fighter himself 2013-11-05
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals: Barnett vs. Cormier 2012-05-19
Fight Life Himself 2012-01-20
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley himself 2011-04-09
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal himself 2011-12-17
Supreme Champion Logger 2010-07-01
Strikeforce: Nashville 2010-04-17
Strikeforce: Evolution Himself 2009-12-19
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz 2009-04-11
Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Himself 2009-08-15
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le 2008-03-29
Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson 2008-06-27
Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion Himself 2007-09-29
Pride Shockwave 2006 Himself 2006-12-31
Strikeforce: Revenge himself 2006-06-09
Pride Bushido 12 2006-08-27
Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie himself 2006-03-10
WEC 10: Bragging Rights Himself 2004-05-21
WEC 6: Return of a Legend Himself 2003-03-27
WEC 5: Halloween Fury Himself 2002-10-18