Was over? Gilbert Meléndez has been suspended for two years and is analyzing the withdrawal from the UFC


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Was over?  Gilbert Meléndez has been suspended for two years and is analyzing the withdrawal from the UFC

Gilbert Meléndez you will have to wait a considerable time if you want to compete again in UFC, since it was suspended by USADA. The former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion received a two-year suspension, after testing positive for GHRP-6 from a urine test. This was collected out of competition on October 16, 2019. The fighter, who amassed a record of 1 – 6 with the largest MMA company between 2013 and 2019, following the acquisition of Strikeforce, was fired from the organization chaired by Dana. White in November of the previous year.

Because the suspension was retroactive, the 38-year-old veteran will be able to compete again in November 2021. While Melendez no longer part of the UFC, the commissions of the majority of states in the United States do respect the suspensions that USADA provides, so that could complicate their plans to stop at Bellator, PFL or some other promotion. The last time El Niño played a fight was on July 6, 2019 at UFC 235, where he lost to English prospect Arnold Allen.

He left a great legacy

Melendez He became known for his stint at Strikeforce, where he was the organization’s lightweight champion. In 2012 he signed with UFC. There, it was not the same as in Scott Coker’s organization. Where he got a record of 1-6. In an interview with MMA Fighting, “El Niño” said he has options, but he is not sure if he will continue fighting or hang up his gloves. “I don’t know if I will fight again. I don’t know ”, was what stood out almost a year ago. Now, with this new measure, many claim that everything is over for him.

“It should be something that makes sense to me, it has to be fun, everything has to work well, but it is fun to know that I am free and that I am not locked up with anyone. If I can think of something really good, I can jump on it. I know myself. I love and love to train. I like to challenge myself. I can get up tomorrow and create the right opportunity or I can wait to wait for the right opportunity, “said the renowned fighter.

I don’t want to retire. I want to be ready for the right opportunity. I always like to be in shape, you never know what can happen, ”he said. Despite a single victory in UFC, Melendez it was an important part of MMA. He was a two-time Strikeforce Light Champion and a former WEC Light Champion. In turn, he defended his belt five times. “El Niño” twice challenged the light belt and won two bonuses for “Fight of The Night”.


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