Gilbert Melendez reaches deal with Bellator, UFC has matching rights

Bellator has issued a press release announcing their new deal with the former Strikeforce champ. The ball is in the UFC's court.

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Rebney on TRT ban, UFC re-signing Melendez

Bellator's head honcho Bjorn Rebney spoke to the media about a few different subjects after Friday's Bellator 110 card, and he gave his thoughts on the TRT ban along with the UFC's decision to match Bellator's contract offer to Gilbert Melendez.

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Melendez stays in UFC, will coach TUF vs. Pettis

Top lightweight fighter Gilbert Melendez will continue to ply his trade in the UFC as the organization has decided to match the offer from rival promotion Bellator FC. In addition to that, Melendez will be coach The Ultimate Fighter 20 against Anthony Pettis and get a title shot.

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Rebney: We are in talks with other UFC fighters

In the aftermath of signing UFC Lightweight top contender Gilbert Melendez, the Bellator CEO makes a bold statement of intent and claims that Bellator will "We're gong to continue to sign the best fighters, whether they are from a favela in Brazil, the frozen tundra of Siberia, or they are fighting in the UFC."

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What Melendez' move to Bellator means for MMA

UFC Lightweight and former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez' decision to sign with Bellator, and more importantly, Bellator's decision to make him an offer shows that the MMA free agent market is alive again for the first time since 2011.

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Cesar Gracie: Melendez won't be 'punked' by Dana

A few hours after Bellator announced a deal with Gilbert Melendez, Cesar Gracie "warned" Dana White that Melendez might not be the only UFC fighter jumping ship.

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Chandler wants Melendez to come to Bellator

Bellator lightweight Michael Chandler has heard about the UFC contract woes of Gilbert Melendez and wants to welcome Gil into his promotion.

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Dana White tells Melendez to hit the bricks

Dana White seems none too pleased with Gilbert Melendez and his management and is suggesting that it may be time for Melendez to look elsewhere.

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Melendez/Nurmagomedov scrapped from UFC 170

Lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be fighting at UFC 170 this February.

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