Gilbert
Melendez
22-3-0( W-L-D )

Fight History

Skill Breakdown

Charts are compiled based on results from 20 fights.
Record: 22-3-0
Summary: Ground and pound, cardio, transitions

Fighter Info

Nickname: El Nino
From: Santa Ana, California USA
Fights Out Of: San Francisco, California USA
Age: 32
Height: 5' 9" ( 175 cm )
Weight: 155 lb ( 70 kg )
College: San Francisco State University

Striking

Total Attempted Strikes
0
614
42% Successful
258
Types of Successful Strikes
0
258
50% Standing
43% Ground
130
16
112
Striking Defense
68
%
The percentage of total strikes avoided

Grappling

Total Takedowns
0
10
80% Successful
8
Grappling Totals by Type
 
 
Subm.
Passes
Sweeps
0
17
0
Takedown Defense
85
%
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Win
Gilbert Melendez Oct 19, 2013
96 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Diego Sanchez 42 1 2 1
Benson Henderson Apr 20, 2013
68 0 0 1 R5 Decision - Split
Gilbert Melendez 43 1 0 0
Win
Gilbert Melendez May 19, 2012
77 5 0 0 R5 Decision - Split
Josh Thomson 64 2 2 1
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Melendez vs. Masvidal
Dec 17, 2011
118 0 1 0 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Jorge Masvidal 100 1 0 0
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Diaz vs. Daley
Apr 9, 2011
33 2 0 1 R1 KO/TKO
Tatsuya Kawajiri 6 0 0 0
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Nashville
Apr 17, 2010
69 0 0 0 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Shinya Aoki 11 0 1 0
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Evolution
Dec 19, 2009
103 0 0 0 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Josh Thomson 74 2 0 1
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Carano vs. Cyborg
Aug 15, 2009
62 2 2 1 R3 KO/TKO
Mitsuhiro Ishida 17 1 0 0
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Shamrock vs. Diaz
Apr 11, 2009
20 2 0 0 R2 KO/TKO
Rodrigo Damm 3 0 0 0
Loss
Josh Thomson
Strikeforce - Melendez vs. Thomson
Jun 27, 2008
100 6 1 3 R5 Decision - Unanimous
Gilbert Melendez 44 0 0 0
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Shamrock vs. Le
Mar 29, 2008
44 2 0 6 R2 KO/TKO
Gabe Lemley 6 0 0 0
Loss
Mitsuhiro Ishida
Yarrenoka! - New Year's Eve 2007
Dec 31, 2007
8 7 3 4 R2 Decision - Unanimous
Gilbert Melendez 14 3 2 0
Win
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Playboy Mansion
Sep 29, 2007
52 1 0 0 R3 Decision - Unanimous
Tetsuji Kato 28 1 0 0
Win
Gilbert Melendez
PRIDE Shockwave 2006
Dec 31, 2006
62 3 0 2 R2 Decision - Unanimous
Tatsuya Kawajiri 41 4 0 1
Win
Gilbert Melendez
PRIDE Bushido 12
Aug 27, 2006
54 4 0 9 R2 Decision - Unanimous
Nobuhiro Obiya 9 1 1 0
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Revenge
Jun 9, 2006
98 5 0 0 R5 Decision - Split
Clay Guida 45 7 2 1
Win
Gilbert Melendez
Strikeforce - Shamrock vs. Gracie
Mar 10, 2006
29 3 0 2 R2 Submission
Harris Sarmiento 1 0 0 0
Gilbert Melendez
WEC 10: Bragging Rights
May 21, 2004
83 4 0 11 R3 KO/TKO
Olaf Alfonso 10 0 1 0
Win
Gilbert Melendez
WEC 6: Return of a Legend
Mar 27, 2003
36 2 0 6 R2 KO/TKO
Jeff Hougland 4 1 0 0
Win
Gilbert Melendez
WEC 5: Halloween Fury
Oct 18, 2002
-- -- -- -- R1 KO/TKO
Gary Quan -- -- -- --

Biography

TRAINING: I like to do two a days, which consist of a run, a lift, and striking, sparring, grappling, and wrestling sessions.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
I started training for fighting, maybe unconsciously, since high school wrestling. I’ve always liked one on one competition, and it wasn’t until I was in college that I picked up MMA because my friend Jake Shields introduced me to it. It’s a great feeling to have no one to blame but yourself, and there’s no better high than being a dominant fighter. You can beat me in basketball, you can beat me at arm wrestling, but I can beat your ass.

What ranks and titles have you held? Two-time and current Strikeforce lightweight champion, former WEC lightweight champion. Brown belt in jiu-jitsu under Cesar Gracie

Do you have any heroes? My father and my teammates

What does it mean for you to fight in STRIKEFORCE? It means the world to me to be able to display my skills out there and Strikeforce has allowed me to prove that I’m a top-ranked fighter. It’s allowed me to get into the top three in the world and it means a lot to me. It’s the place where I got started, so I’m very grateful for Strikeforce.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I did go to SF State, but I did not get my degree. I started pursuing fighting and working a job, and it was too hard to juggle all three, and fighting had to be first. I was studying liberal arts and anticipating becoming a teacher and coaching high school wrestling. I never got there but I think I may go back.

What was your job before you started fighting?
I was a waiter and I also worked at the Fairtex gear shop, where I packed all the gloves and bags and sent them to plenty of gyms. A lot of people who got gear about five or six years ago from Fairtex had it sent by me.

Specific accomplishments in pro competition?
I beat the Dream (Shinya Aoki), Shooto (Tatsuya Kawajiri), and Deep (Nobuhiro Obiya) champions when they were the champs.

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke and takedowns

Favorite Striking technique: I like a three hit combo and I also like to land the right hand.
•    Pro since 2002

•    11 wins by knockout, one by submission

•    Loss to Henderson snapped seven fight winning streak

•    Owns 2005 win over Rumina Sato

Career

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