So yeah, Gilbert Melendez's leg was a mess the day after UFC 215

Dann StuppGilbert Melendez’s legs got a rude welcome to the UFC featherweight division on Saturday at UFC 215. Check out the aftermath.

In the pay-per-view main-card opener at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a durable and resilient Melendez (22-7 MMA, 1-5 UFC) dropped from lightweight to featherweight and survived three rounds of lower-limb battering from Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC).

Ultimately, Melendez, who was often hobbled early in the fight, survived to the final bell and suffered a unanimous-decision defeat. But it was clearly Stephens’ night.

On Sunday, Melendez’s wife, kickboxer/MMA fighter Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez, posted a picture of her husband’s badly swollen left leg.

With a quick comparison to his right leg, the swelling is obvious (via Twitter):

“Hey All. Everyone is asking about Gilbert’s leg. Here is a pic today. He is doing A ok. Thank you to all for the support. We feel the love

Melendez, a former Strikeforce champion who joined the UFC in 2013, has fallen short in two UFC title shots. With the UFC 215 defeat, the 35-year-old is now in a 1-5 skid going back to his promotional-debut title loss to then-champ Benson Henderson.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez out of Bellator 180, Heather Hardy's debut bumped to main card

Although the lineup for Bellator’s New York debut extravaganza has held together quite well (so far), the card did take a blow today with the withdrawal of Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez.

Taylor-Melendez (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), the wife of UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez, was scheduled to meet Sadee Monseratte Williams (0-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at the Spike-televised Bellator 180 card, which airs prior to Bellator NYC on pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

She’s been forced to withdraw from the contest due to an undisclosed injury, which Taylor-Melendez confirmed on Instagram following an initial report from

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There will be no replacement opponent for Williams, and a result of the fight being scrapped another women’s atomweight fight between undefeated pro boxing standout Heather Hardy (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who is making her MMA debut at the event, and Alice Yauger (4-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will be elevated from the non-televised prelims, which stream on MMAjunkie.

The Bellator 180 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader – for light heavyweight title
  • Neiman Gracie vs. Dave Marfone
  • James Gallagher vs. Chinzo Machida
  • Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger


  • Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali
  • Anthony Giacchina vs. Jerome Mickle
  • Hugh McKenna vs. John Salgado
  • Matt Rizzo vs. Sergio da Silva
  • Bradley Desir vs. Nate Grebb

For more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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