Gilbert Melendez

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Date of Birth April 12, 1982
Place of Birth Santa Ana, California
Age 38 years old
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Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez is an American mixed martial artist who formerly competed in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a two-time Strikeforce Lightweight Champion and a former WEC Lightweight Champion. He also competed in PRIDE FC, Shooto and Rumble on the Rock. Melendez was nicknamed after the El Niño storm, it was given to him by a Japanese broadcaster describing his fight-style and the manner in which he stormed through the Shooto Lightweight division.

Born: April 12, 1982, Santa Ana, California, United States
Other names: El Niño
Nationality: American
Weight: 155 lb
Division: Featherweight, Lightweight
Reach: 73 in (185.42 cm)
Style: Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of: San Francisco, California, United States
Team: Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, El Niño Sports, Fairtex Gym
Rank: Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Cesar Gracie
Years active: 2002–present
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About Gilbert Melendez

UFC lightweight was a two-time Strikeforce Lightweight Champion.

Before Fame

He studied education at San Francisco State University before starting his amateur fighting career.


He was named the MMA Lightweight of the Year in 2006.

Family Life

His longtime girlfriend, Keri Anne, gave birth to his first daughter, Keylakay, in August 2010. He and Keri Anne got married in 2013.


He unsuccessfully challenged Benson Henderson for the UFC Lightweight title on April 20, 2013.

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Latest information about Gilbert Melendez updated on January 25, 2021.