The black belt in tae-kwon-do Edson Barboza entered this fight with a pro record of 17-4-0 (65% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.5 lightweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Eddie Alvarez). He lost to Tony Ferguson last year (=Ferguson vs Barboza) but he came back to win in 2016 beating Anthony Pettis (=Pettis vs Barboza).
His opponent, the black belt in Bjj and former Strikeforce Lw champion Gilbert Melendez, has an official mma record of 22-5-0 (55% finishing rate) and he entered as the No.11 in the same weight class but he comes off two consecutive losses, against Anthony Pettis in 2014 (=Pettis vs Melendez) and Eddie Alvarez in 2015 (via split decision, Melendez vs Alvarez). Barboza vs Melendez is on the undercard of Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenko – UFC on Fox 20. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: UFC on Fox 20: Holm vs Shevchenko
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Division: lightweight (155 lbs, 70 kg)
Barboza’s previous fight: Anthony Pettis vs Edson Barboza
Melendez’s previous fight: Gilbert Melendez vs Eddie Alvarez
Barboza’s next fight: Edson Barboza vs Beneil Dariush
Melendez’s next fight: Jeremy Stephens vs Gilbert Melendez
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