Gilbert Melendez Comments on Future, Following Latest Defeat
By FCF Staff
Following his fifth straight defeat at UFC 239, Gilbert Melendez has commented on his future in a statement he’s released.
The accomplished fighter faced Arnold Allen at the event, and Melendez ended up losing the fight via unanimous decision. The bout the 37-year-old’s first since 2017, and was the fifth straight fight Melendez has lost.
Since then, the former Strikeforce champ posted the statement below, in which he didn’t outright say he’s retiring, but Melendez did not he”ll be focusing on his team.
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Huge thanks to my team and all my loyal followers . You guys will never know how much your support has meant to me over the years. Things didn’t go my way but when you have the opportunity to chase a great moment or take on a challenge I suggest you face it and go for it. Even in defeat I know this experience will help me grow as a martial artist and as a person. At the end of the day I am happy , I am blessed , I am healthy , I am loved , I leveled up and I had a dang great time out there competing!!! Arnold is a great competitor , is a difficult target to find in the cage and I wish him the best in his fighting future . As for me I’m looking forward to now investing more of my time into my team and of course I will continue my studies as a student of martial arts. The journey will continue for #teamElNiño and the #skrappack because we are deep. ♾ Special thanks to @kerimelendez415 #myDadSenior #Leylakay #sam #mifamilia #santaana #sanfrancisco @jakeshields @natediaz209 @joshclopton @escobar415 @this_man_dk @tlee133 @alexcoriano @jimslaz @phil.vita @baluvargas @jamesappleberry @randy.j.miranda @hurricane_415 @elninotrainingcenter @mo.jitsu @dannydamage @micky_baiano @ninjafelix @codyorrison @eljaguars @cesargraciebjj @teamsantosjiujitsu @philbaldacci and the rest of the pack for putting that time in with me.