Melendez agrees to terms with Bellator


Earlier this week Dana White said the negotiations between him and Gilbert Melendez weren't going well and he was fine if the lightweight walked away. Well it looks as though that may just happen:

“The moment Gil was legally able to explore the free agent market, Gil’s management team reached out to me and we began figuring out how to bring Gil to Bellator,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “It’s no secret that I’ve been a big “El Nino” fan for many years. Gil was one of the first fighters I tried to sign when I launched Bellator back in 2008, and he’s grown and developed into one of the best and most exciting lightweights on earth.  

Gil has a vision for what he wants to accomplish both inside and outside the cage and we can help make his vision a reality.  We are in the business of developing and showcasing the greatest fighters on earth. That’s what we intend to do here with Gil and it’s what we’ll continue to do in the future.”

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HandyDarsh site profile image  

2/16/14 4:59 PM by HandyDarsh

glad to see Gil gettin that cheddar

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/16/14 4:56 PM by Macedawgg

He isn't worth $200k I agree---more like $2 million.  You make this statement based on what?  The artificially depressed pay scale that already exists in the UFC?  A boxing PPV with just 200,000 buys pays to boxers $5 million dollars.

ssj site profile image  

2/16/14 4:37 PM by ssj


MMAhaiku site profile image  

2/16/14 1:43 PM by MMAhaiku

Maybe its been mentioned, maybe not. But any argument about "signing the best fighters in the world" fell into a pile of shit when DW coursely dismissed Ben Askren (as well as showing Fitch and Okami the door). Gil belongs in the UFC but I think the newest plan of "Global Fucking Domination" is more about harvesting and controlling fighters through TUF and less about guys that grew up outside of that system. If you know enough about what the WWE does with their NXT system, you'll see just how scary the business model can be when there is no true competition. Maybe Gil will break a barrier and foster a new era of growth in the sport. Maybe UFC was just finding out how much he is really worth. This will be an interesting next few days, that much is certain.

MisterHawkeMMA site profile image  

2/16/14 7:48 AM by MisterHawkeMMA

Complete speculation... but the biggest dispute has to be that guaranteed $200k per. Love Gil or not, he simply isn't worth that amount. $100 to show, and $100 to win yes, but you don't want to pay Gil that if he loses. As far as draws go, he's not even top 10 in the division. They gave him that Sanchez fight in hopes that the more popular Sanchez could get Gil more exposure.Everyone saying that he's the 2nd best LW in the UFC... no. Just because you didn't like a decision doesn't make it invalid. Fighters agree upon entering the cage that whoever the judges decided wins if they let it go to decision. He's ranked below Pettis, Henderson, and Aldo (if he moves up). The Bellator points most likely aren't worth anything, that's only there to make it harder for the UFC to match. And yes, if the UFC matches, Gil must stay in the UFC (he'll actually be happy to because he'd make more money with the UFC). UFC could avoid paying whatever that number the points are by having Gil fight on free TV. And keep in mind that the more you make the sooner you will get cut after losses.

Jambo888 site profile image  

2/15/14 11:37 PM by Jambo888

congrats and best wishes to Gilbert Melendez.... providing great entertainment for so many years already.   the UFC has done an immense amount of work bringing MMA into the mainstream and providing an opportunity for many fighters, trainers and spin off jobs such as media to make a living. but MMA is not the UFC and many of us remember the days before the UFC existed. perhaps it is time to allow a greater sharing of wealth to the people who put their long term health and wellbeing on the line for our entertainment and the UFC's profits.

Fight_is_the_Fight site profile image  

2/15/14 9:16 PM by Fight_is_the_Fight

UFC should give me a job at promoting in reality. I have turned atleast 10-15 of my friends into Hardcore fans out of my love for the great Fedor.My good looks and great charm could probably turn MMA mainstream.Replace me with Dana and the UFC becomes biggest sport in the world Lorenzo...italian pride bro. Even though you're a cheap bastard, I only want 5 percent of the UFC..dont need 9 like BLAF

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2/15/14 9:14 PM by Fight_is_the_Fight

Thanks bro.Just happen to log on and see how people are appreciating how I speak the truth.Im also one of the biggest MMA betting winners probably around the world.Parlay king my friends call me.Italian Vitor Belfort not on steroids with actual charm. not akward clown like Vitor.

skeezy f baby site profile image  

2/15/14 9:10 PM by skeezy f baby

you're a delight

The Sultan site profile image  

2/15/14 8:55 PM by The Sultan

This is a good move for the mma world in general. Seems like UFC contracts bully their fighters and its good to see someone with the ability to fight back with their own negotiating power. Its sad that more fighters cant do this. They just dont have the star power to pull any power moves. Danas badmouthing and shitty negotiating tactics are finally catching up with him. His attitude has really been growing tiresome lately. Its getting very very old to hear him ranting all the time and shitting on his fighters. Hes been so quick to turn on people the second someone would like to make a lil extra for themselves. It makes him look extra shitty when he wont pony up a lil more dough for guys who have busted their ass fighting and training for years yet hes bragging about blowing money on gambling.