Gilbert Melendez Set To Take On Arnold Allen At UFC 239
Gilbert Melendez is making his return to the UFC Octagon. He is looking for his second stint at Featherweight.
UFC 239 just keeps getting better. The card is currently headlined by two title fights. Now it has received even more of a boost with the return of “El Nino.” He will be taking on Featherweight prospect Arnold Allen.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) May 8, 2019
Announced by UFC officials on Wednesday, this will be Melendez’s first bout since 2017. He has been on a four fight skid, dropping to 145lbs in his last bout. Melendez has been struggling since losing to Anthony Pettis for the title, in 2014. Since then, he has dealt with a suspension, and injuries that have prevented him from competing often.
Arnold Allen is a fast rising prospect at 145lbs. He is on a seven fight win streak. His most recent win came against Jordan Rinaldi in March. Melendez will be Allen’s biggest challenge to date. He is 5-0 in his UFC tenure, starting in 2014. He has earned two performance of the night bonuses.
This is the second time the two have been scheduled to face each other. In 2017 they were supposed to fight, however Melendez withdrew due to injury. This will mark the first time Allen has had a UFC bout in the U.S.
Although Gilbert Melendez has not been very active in the cage, he has stayed busy outside the cage. He has various analyst jobs, and even has a show for ESPN with Dominic Cruz. He is actually set to compete in Submission Underground 8 on May 12th, against Pat Healy.
UFC 239 is incredibly stacked. It has notable names such as Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes, Francis Ngannou, Sean O’Malley, and many more. Now with Gilbert Melendez and Arnold Allen, the card is becoming full of excellent bouts.