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Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby Chaelp4p » Jul 4. 2013, 21:35

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In an intriguing lightweight matchup, former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez (21-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) meets "The Ultimate Fighter 1" winner Diego Sanchez (24-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) at October's UFC 166 event in Houston.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in June first reported the likely pairing.

UFC officials today announced the booking while also confirming a previously reported matchup of Hector Lombard (32-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Nate Marquardt (32-12-2 MMA, 10-5 UFC).

Featuring a heavyweight trilogy fight between current champ Cain Velasquez and former titleholder Junior dos Santos, UFC 166 takes place Oct. 19 at Houston's Toyota Center. The evening's main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.

Both fights are likely main-card candidates, but UFC officials have yet to reveal their position on the lineup.

Melendez returns to the octagon after suffering a split-decision loss to Benson Henderson in a failed bid for the UFC lightweight title. The 11-year veteran has long been considered one of the best 155-pounders in the world, and the narrow loss was his first defeat in almost five years.

Meanwhile, Sanchez looks to build on the strength of a split-decision win over MMA legend Takanori Gomi at March's UFC on FUEL TV 8 event in Japan. For that fight, Sanchez dropped to lightweight after a four-fight run at 170 pounds, but he failed to make weight after registering 158 pounds. Still, the win pushed him to 3-1 in his past four fights.

Since his reign in Bellator as the organization's middleweight champion, Lombard has experienced mixed results in the UFC. The Cuban-Australian and Olympic judoko is just 1-2 in the octagon with split-decision losses to Tim Boetsch and Yushin Okami, and a first-round knockout of Rousimar Palhares. Prior to joining the UFC, the 35-year-old has posted a 25-fight unbeaten streak. Lombard, who's ranked No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA middleweight rankings, now heads to welterweight.

He meets Marquardt, a former Strikeforce champion who returned to the UFC in March. However, Marquardt, who also unsuccessfully vied for the UFC middleweight title in 2007, suffered a knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158. It marked the first back-to-back losses of his career, which included a Strikeforce title loss to Tarec Saffiedine in January.

With the additions to the card, UFC 166 now includes:

Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos - for heavyweight title
Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez

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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby D-MMAN » Jul 4. 2013, 22:01

Melendez got this, to technical for Dirty Sanchez

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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby demonfist45 » Jul 4. 2013, 22:43

Its sad but Melendez would lay and pray Diego Sanchez for 5 rounds!! Its not worth watching like most of Gil's fights
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby Mr Phil » Jul 5. 2013, 00:13

That's a huge step down in competition! He barely lost to Henderson (Even though I think he won) shop why is he fighting Sanchez? He needs to be fighting someone relevant to title talk, not someone who jumps weight divisions more than GSP gay and prays to a decision victory
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby Chaelp4p » Jul 5. 2013, 00:52

demonfist45 wrote:Its sad but Melendez would lay and pray Diego Sanchez for 5 rounds!! Its not worth watching like most of Gil's fights

its a three round match :|
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby Chaelp4p » Jul 5. 2013, 00:54

Diego hasn't improved his game at all. he still manages to put on awesome fights but the dude still does the same old left hook and left high kick, he is really predictable fighter. Melendez by UD

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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby bruh » Jul 5. 2013, 01:06

add gomi vs penn plox@!
melendez by anything he wants
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby FowlerNZ » Jul 5. 2013, 01:32

I don't see how Sanchez gets Melendez after missing weight & just getting the dec over Gomi. Could this be another FOTN for Sanchez?
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby moose84 » Jul 5. 2013, 01:38

Hey sonnen, if youre going to deliver matchup news, then you might want to think about adding a poll like a pimp ;) , just saying
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby Chaelp4p » Jul 5. 2013, 01:41

moose84 wrote:Hey sonnen, if youre going to deliver matchup news, then you might want to think about adding a poll like a pimp ;) , just saying

i didnt wanna jack your swag :lol:

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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

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Chaelp4p wrote:
moose84 wrote:Hey sonnen, if youre going to deliver matchup news, then you might want to think about adding a poll like a pimp ;) , just saying

i didnt wanna jack your swag :lol:


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :mrgreen:

Since you put up a poll I locked my sanchez-melendez thread just for you buddy 8)
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby Chaelp4p » Jul 5. 2013, 01:55

moose84 wrote:
Chaelp4p wrote:
moose84 wrote:Hey sonnen, if youre going to deliver matchup news, then you might want to think about adding a poll like a pimp ;) , just saying

i didnt wanna jack your swag :lol:


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :mrgreen:

Since you put up a poll I locked my sanchez-melendez thread just for you buddy 8)

thanks guy :wink:
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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby demonfist45 » Jul 5. 2013, 02:06

Chaelp4p wrote:
demonfist45 wrote:Its sad but Melendez would lay and pray Diego Sanchez for 5 rounds!! Its not worth watching like most of Gil's fights

its a three round match :|


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Re: Melendez vs. Sanchez added to UFC 166 in Houston

Postby moose84 » Jul 5. 2013, 02:18

If diego was still in his prime this would be a helluva fight

but right now i have gil winning

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