Gilbert Melendez Re-Signs With UFC - Will Coach The Ultimate Fighter 20
Posted by Dan Plunkett on 02.23.2014
Plus a title shot...
UFC announced via press release they have re-signed free agent lightweight Gilbert Melendez, 31, to a new contract. On February 14 Bellator MMA announced they had agreed to a contract with Melendez, but UFC held the right to match and have now apparently exercised their right to do so.
UFC did not disclose terms of the deal, but MMA Fighting reports that Melendez is set to earn a percentage of each pay-per-view he fights on, no matter his placement on the card, and that percentage will come into effect at a lower sales figure than any contract in UFC history. Many UFC contracts with pay-per-view clauses only give the fighter a percentage if he or she is in the main event. When Eddie Alvarez's proposed deal from the UFC was made public in court documents, it was revealed his pay-per-view points kicked in once an event reached 200,000 buys; Melendez's number would be lower than that. Further, the report states that at least 75% of Melendez's fights throughout the duration of the deal will be on pay-per-view.
Melendez was also announced as a coach on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter reality series opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. At the end of the season, the two will square off for the lightweight title. Pettis, who is recuperating from a knee injury, had previously been rumored for a bout against featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Melendez and Pettis will coach women in the UFC's new 115-pound weight class, and the season's winner will also be crowned the UFC's first strawweight champion. The show commences filming in May and is slated to debut on September 10 on Fox Sports 1.