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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

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Apr 12, 1982
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie WEC 5: Halloween Fury 2002-10-18
Latest Project:
Movie UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos 2019-07-06
Known For
Poster of UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos
Poster of UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Poster of Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg
Poster of Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie
Movie UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Himself 2019-07-06
Movie Submission Underground 8 Unknown 2019-05-12
Movie UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 Himself 2017-09-09
Movie UFC on Fox 20: Holm vs. Shevchenko Himself 2016-07-23
Movie UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum Himself 2015-06-13
Movie UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II Himself 2014-12-06
Series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Himself 2013-04-14
Movie UFC on Fox 7: Henderson vs. Melendez Himself 2013-04-19
Movie UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III Himself 2013-10-19
Movie Mexican Fighter himself 2013-11-05
Movie Fight Life Himself 2012-01-20
Movie Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals: Barnett vs. Cormier Unknown 2012-05-19
Movie Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley himself 2011-04-09
Movie Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal himself 2011-12-17
Movie Strikeforce: Nashville 2010-04-17
Movie Supreme Champion Logger 2010-07-01
Movie Strikeforce: Evolution Himself 2009-12-19
Movie Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz 2009-04-11
Movie Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg Himself 2009-08-15
Movie Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le 2008-03-29
Movie Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson 2008-06-27
Movie Strikeforce: Playboy Mansion Himself 2007-09-29
Movie Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie himself 2006-03-10
Movie Strikeforce: Revenge himself 2006-06-09
Movie Pride Shockwave 2006 2006-12-31
Movie Pride Bushido 12 Unknown 2006-08-27
Movie WEC 10: Bragging Rights Himself 2004-05-21
Movie WEC 6: Return of a Legend Himself 2003-03-27
Movie WEC 5: Halloween Fury Himself 2002-10-18