BIRTHPLACE: Santa Ana, California
FIGHTING OUT OF: San Francisco, California
AGE: 29 HEIGHT: 5’ 9” WEIGHT: 155
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LITTLE KNOWN FACT:
Gilbert Melendez trains out of Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the likes of Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz. In a crew known for its bad boy antics, El Nino consistently displays his maturity and sets a good example for his one-year-old daughter Leylakay Valentina Melendez.
Since his last loss in 2008, Gilbert has been on a tear with six straight victories under the Strikeforce banner. Currently, Melendez holds the Strikeforce lightweight title, which he defended against Jorge Masvidal on December 17th, 2011.
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