Gilbert Melendez is a top-10 UFC lightweight champion, and he recently competed against Eddie Alvarez in the co-main event of UFC 188. Alvarez vs Melendez was a good battle, but I believe the judges messed up the outcome of the fight. For those of you that missed it, Eddie Alvarez was awarded a split decision victory, but many people thought that Gilbert Melendez clearly won the fight. Nonetheless, it seems that Gilbert Melendez is ready to compete inside of the Octagon once more.
It was recently announced on Yahoo! Sports that Gilbert Melendez will be stepping in for Bobby green in the co-main event of UFC: San Diego. According to Paul Mathieson, Bobby Green was scheduled to face Al Iaquinta, but an injury forced Green to withdraw from the bout, but Gilbert Melendez quickly offered his services against Al. Thankfully, the UFC: San Diego card has been saved, but it is a very tough matchup for both fighters.
Al Iaquinta is a very dangerous up-and-coming fighter, and Gilbert Melendez is a dangerous veteran. The matchup should produce fireworks, and I definitely expect a finish in this fight. However, picking a winner is quite difficult, but I would lean towards Gilbert Melendez for the win.
Tatsuya Kawajiri took on Dennis Siver on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin at the O2 World. Both fighters are coming off recent losses and were looking to get back on a winning streak. Kawajiri going into the fight had a record of 34 and 8. His last fight was a unamious decision loss against Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night – Minotauro vs. Nelson last April. Siver had a 22 and 11 record going into the fight and has lost his previous fight against Conor McGregor. Both fighters have been around a long time and are getting up there in age and if either men wanted to make a run at a title shot, then it was a must win for both.
It was clear from the start that Siver wanted to keep the fight standing up but Kawajiri wanted nothing to do with it and immediately went for the takedown. Kawajiri scored a takedown at the closing minutes of the first round but time expired before he was able to do anything with it. Kawajiri was able to take Siver down again in the second round and pass his guard to gain full mount according to Boraie Development. Siver was able to survive the mount with minimal damage. Round three went the same as the first two rounds which took the fight to the judges who awareded Kawajiri with a unanimous decision win.
UFC 187 was a star studded event and featured two titles on the line. With many fighters unhappy with the pay structure of the UFC, we will take a look at the winners and losers in terms of money. Let’s just say that it pays dividends to be a big name in the UFC.
The main event featured a title fight between light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson to determine who would claim the vacant belt for the division. The fight lasted only three rounds out of the possible five, when Cormier caught Johnson with a rear naked choke towards the end of the round. When it was all said and done, Cormier walked away with the belt around his waist and roughly $180,000 in his pocket. Finance guru Kevin Seawright, claimed that the loser, Johnson, walked away with a cool $500,000 in his pocket. Not a bad payday for losing the fight.
The co-main event featured a bout between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. The champ retained his belt and earned himself a $500,000 pay day, while Belfort walked away with roughly $300,000.
The top fighters earned some really high numbers, but there were some lesser known fighters on the card who did not earn quite as much. The bout between Rose Namajunas and Nina Ansaroff featured the lowest pay of the night. Namajunas earned roughly $27,000, while Ansaroff earned only $8,000. On top of that, Ansaroff also forfeited 10% of purse for failing to make weight.
Lyoto Machida is a legendary fighter. He is the former UFC light heavyweight champion, and he is known worldwide as one of the greatest strikers in the sport. However, Lyoto Machida has aged considerably, and he has struggled in his last few appearances in the Octagon.
Lyoto Machida’s last fight was against Luke Rockhold, and Machida was stopped in the second round of that fight. Many people expected Machida to win the battle, but it turned out to be a mismatch for the Japanese warrior. After the bout, UFC fans thought that Machida was finished. The president of the UFC even considered letting Machida go after the loss.
UFC fans were not thrilled with the news, and they voiced their opinion on several social media sites. It appears the Lyoto Machida is not done just yet. He is scheduled to face Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC Fight Night 70.
Lyoto Machida vs Yoel Romero will take place in the end of June. Machida needs a great performance in this fight in order to prove his worth in the UFC. Many people feel that Lyoto Machida should retire if he loses. The buzz on Twitter is that it will come in handy for Lyoto Machida to win if he wants to remain relevant. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.