Fight Hub TV caught up with UFC contender Gilbert Melendez and talked to him about coaching the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, and facing Lightweight champ Anthony Pettis at UFC 181, banishing the UFC jitters, the experience of coaching TUF, the difference between coaching men and woman and this season's TUF cast.
Melendez says he expects the very athletic Pettis to surprise him with some new techniques but that he won't be intimidated and won't be letting Pettis get in his head.
He also commented on the elite status of the female Strawweight cast of the Ultimate Fighter, praising them for being among the sport's elite and "true professionals" making some unfavorable comparisons with the less experienced male casts of previous seasons of the show.
Melendez fought Benson Henderson in his UFC debut and dropped a close decision in that title fight. Since then he defeated Diego Sanchez in a brutal war of attrition.
The Ultimate Fighter 20 debuts tonight on Fox Sports 1.