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BIRTHPLACE:  Santa Ana, California
FIGHTING OUT OF:  San Francisco, California
AGE:  29  HEIGHT:  5’ 9”  WEIGHT:  155

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LITTLE KNOWN FACT:

Gilbert Melendez trains out of Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with the likes of Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz. In a crew known for its bad boy antics, El Nino consistently displays his maturity and sets a good example for his one-year-old daughter Leylakay Valentina Melendez.

Since his last loss in 2008, Gilbert has been on a tear with six straight victories under the Strikeforce banner. Currently, Melendez holds the Strikeforce lightweight title, which he defended against Jorge Masvidal on December 17th, 2011.

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Twitter: @gilbertmelendez