89.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys circling around each other, trading some decent punches, at a similar pace. Stephens CRUSHED Melendez's lead leg with kicks though, and it looked like he might have even broken his leg. Melendez fell down with around 90 seconds left in the round, as he was barely able to walk anymore. Stephens unloaded on him, but Melendez was able to power his way through the damage, even though it LOOKED like his shin was nearly poking through his skin. Round one has to go to Stephens, based mostly on the damage done to Melendez's leg. He dropped Melendez again with 30 seconds left, with another leg kick, and he finished the round with some big punches on the ground. I'm scoring that round 10-8 for Stephens. Before the second round started, the referee called a timeout to have the doctor check on Melendez's leg.
     Melendez came out swinging to start the second round, but Stephens worked his counters, and went back to kicking Melendez's legs. Melendez landed with a few hard straight punches, but for the most part, Stephens was still landing the harder shots. Stephens dropped Melendez again halfway through the round with another hard kick to his shin. Melendez landed some really clean punches in that round, but that has to be another 10-9 round for Stephens. I have Stephens ahead 20-17 going into the final round. Stephens dropped Melendez AGAIN with 15 seconds left, with another hard leg kick. Fuck it, I'm going to say Stephens is ahead 20-16, going into the final round. Melendez's leg is fucking jacked. I'm starting to feel really bad for him.
     At the start of the third round, the referee told Melendez that he will stop the fight if Melendez keeps dropping from those leg kicks. Stephens continued to pick apart Melendez with clean boxing, and some heavy kicks in the final round, including one kick to the body early in the round that would have killed most humans. I have no idea why Melendez didn't try for any takedowns, as he was barely able to stand, as both of his legs were chopped into pieces from those leg kicks. Stephens dropped Melendez with 2 minutes left in the fight, and Melendez rolled backward, and stood up, proving he wanted to continue, and Stephens asked the crowd to applaud for him, showing some clear respect for Melendez's toughness. Stephens dropped him again with another CRACKING leg kick with 40 seconds left in the final round. In the end, I'm scoring this fight 30-24 for Jeremy Stephens. Melendez deserves some credit for going the distance, but his legs seem to have caused him big problems in his last couple of fights, especially his last fight with Edson Barboza. Now that people have seen he has a clear weakness there, and he's on a 4-Fight losing streak, I'm not sure where Melendez goes from here to be honest.
91.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight is fucking intense... The first round basically had Barboza beating the shit out of Melendez with his brutal kicks to the lead leg & body. The second round was more of the same, but Melendez nearly finished Barboza with his boxing, rocking the shit out of him, but by the end of the round, Barboza took down Melendez, and beat the shit out of him with some massive punches. I have Barboza ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was another round full of Barboza chewing up Melendez's lead leg, to the point where Melendez spent the duration of that last round hopping around on one leg, while trying to work his boxing, and that clearly wasn't getting him anywhere. That was a strong 30-27 victory for Barboza in my opinion, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, but Melendez is tough for refusing to quit, even though his lead leg was about to fall off. Great fight overall.
88.6
Decision (Split)
15:00
      For a fight that's been building for over 5 years, this wasn't a very exciting fight. The two best lightweight fighters from outside of the UFC (back in the day), FINALLY meet each other, inside the octagon, and they go to a long winded decision. Melendez looked awesome in the first round, picking apart Alvarez with tight boxing. Alvarez blew his nose, and his left eye swelled up like a balloon. The next two rounds consisted of Alvarez taking Melendez to the ground, and controlling him, and preventing him from doing anymore damage. Really, the fight could have gone to either fighter. I thought Alvarez won the last two rounds, but I thought Melendez scored more throughout the fight as a whole, so I would have been fine with the decision going either way. I'm happy that it was a split-decision. Congrats to Alvarez for a hard fought win.
89.2
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
6:53
      I'm sure a lot of people will argue with me here, but going into this fight, I had Pettis ranked #20 at Lightweight, and Melendez ranked #71. So with this being a title shot, it didn't really FEEL like a title shot to me. Melendez has barely had any fights in the UFC (even though I know he was kind of unstoppable outside of the UFC). And Pettis, I think I just don't like him for some reason. Anyway, Melendez dominated him in the first round, with lots of pressure, pressing him against the cage, and landing some nice punches to the face. The second round, Melendez had the same strategy, but got clipped by a nice kick to the chin, and some punches to the face, rocking Melendez, Melendez then went in for a sloppy takedown, Pettis locked on a guillotine choke, rolled over into full mount, and Melendez tapped out immediately. Nice win by Pettis, but... The lightweight division was a lot more interesting back before Benson.
94.8
Decision
15:00
      This was the greatest fight that Joe Rogan has ever seen!!! And, it was pretty bad ass in my opinion too. Diego Sanchez is fucking insane, and even though half of his face was hanging off due to some brutal punishment in the first round, he kept coming, nonstop, he was prepared to kill Melendez. To be completely honest, I gave the first two rounds to Melendez, but they were EXTREMELY close, and the third round I gave to Sanchez, because his heart is fucking INSANELY huge. In the end though, all 3 judges gave the fight to Melendez, and I can't really blame them, because I GUESS I scored it the same, BUT COME ON, I agree with the crowd, Diego's heart deserved the win in this fight. Fucking awesome fight, and easily fight of the night.
90.5
Decision (Split)
25:00
      That sucks. He were are with ANOTHER decision, in the favor of Benson Henderson (dude needs to learn how to finish a fight!) But yeah, I'm glad that the fight was a SPLIT decision, since to me, I had mixed feelings about it. I technically probably would have declared it a draw, because I scored 2 of the rounds as a draw, 2 in favor of Henderson, and 1 in favor of Melendez, but I gave Melendez a higher rating overall, so it really was a mixed bag. To top it off, Benson proposed to his girlfriend or whatever during the post fight interview, which was a little awkward, considering the fact that the entire crowd was booing LOUDLY the entire time. It's really weird watching a heel propose on TV. So yeah, whatever, weird ending to an otherwise amazing card.
90.5
Decision (Split)
25:00
      Well, this wasn't quite as exciting as I thought it would be, considering people have been calling Gilbert Melendez the #1 Lightweight in the world. I personally though Thomson beat him in this fight (and going into it I was sort of cheering for Melendez, because I like the Diaz brothers). So with that being said, whatever... Solid five round brawl, either guy could have one, I only had them split by 1/10th of a point, and according to the strikes thrown & landed and all of those stats, Melendez threw the most (even though his face looked all fucked up by the end of the fight). Thomson on the other hand, got poked in the eye 4-5 times, and his face looked perfectly normal by the end of the fight. So whatever... Melendez is still the champ.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      This fight was pretty much a kickboxing match, where Melendez beat the shit out of Masvidal with his striking. Lots of great punches, lots of kicks, he dropped Masvidal a couple of times, and when they clinched, Melendez fucked him up with big knees. Masvidal did the "touch the ground so you can't knee my head" move, so Melendez just grabbed Masvidal's hand, ripping it off the ground, and blasted him with more knees. Well done! Masvidal landed enough solid punches to keep the fight competitive, but in the end, I gave the fight to Melendez, 49-46, with the final round going to Masvidal, and all 3 judges gave Melendez the fight as well, so congrats to Melendez for a pretty solid title defense.
92.0
TKO (Elbows)
3:14
      Melendez just BEAT THAT ASS! He knocked Kawajiri down early with a punch, he destroyed him with knees from the clinch, he boxed the shit out of him for a couple of minutes, pretty much dominating Kawajiri for every second of this fight. After a minute or so, he knocked Kawajiri down again, and got on his back, looking for a submission, while punching Kawajiri in the side of the head. They stood back up, and Melendez continued to slaughter Kawajiri with his striking, eventually knocking Kawajiri back to the ground, where Melendez jumped into the mount, where he elbowed the living fuck out of Kawajiri's face in ULTRA violent fashion, finishing the fight via TKO. AWESOME finish for Gilbert Melendez.
88.6
Decision
25:00
      This fight started with Melendez controlling the center of the cage, while Aoki worked the outside. Nothing really happened until 2 minutes into the round when Aoki poked Melendez's eye. When the fight started back up, Melendez took down Aoki, Aoki started looking for submissions, and they stood back up. Aoki shot for a takedown in the final 2 minutes, and Melendez pushed him to the ground and ended up on top. Round one goes to Melendez for controlling the wrestling.
     Melendez started the second round by taking Aoki down again, but Aoki sort of pulled guard, so that probably doesn't count for much. Melendez beat up Melendez from various top positions though, busting up Aoki's nose, so strong start for Melendez. They stood back up 90 seconds into the round. They traded a few strikes, and Melendez boxed the shit out of Aoki's face near the cage. Aoki shot for another takedown in the final minute, and Melendez stuffed it again, and then continued to beat the shit out of Aoki on the ground. That's 2-0 for Melendez going into the third.
     Aoki started the third round with another desperate takedown, and Melendez ended up back on top again, beating the shit out of Aoki against the cage. That was the story of the rest of the fight, with Melendez taking down Aoki repeatedly, while nullifying all of Aoki's offense, and beating the shit out of him on the ground. 50-45 across the board for Gilbert Melendez, in one of the biggest wins of his career.
91.7
Decision
25:00
      Here we are, unifying the Strikeforce Lightweight & Interim Championships. Thomson came out in the first round, and did a good job beating up Melendez with some forward momentum, and some solid boxing skills, as well as some nice leg kicks. Melendez rocked Thomson to start the second round, and from that point forward, most of this fight consisted of Melendez beating up Thompson with his boxing. Melendez landed a solid groin shot with a big right knee in the second round as well, so that gave Thomson a chance to recover, but it didn't really help much. The second round ended with a wild game of Rock 'Em Sock 'Em, where it looked like Thomson hurt Melendez, but then Melendez rocked Thomson, knocking him to the ground, where Melendez was able to beat him up on the ground, securing the round for Melendez. The third round was another solid round of back & forth boxing action. Thomson shot for a takedown at the end of the round, but Melendez once again showed his excellent takedown defense, staying on his feet, and finishing the round by punching Thomson in the face. Thomson finally secured his takedown in the fourth round, but he wasn't able to do much with it before Melendez got back to his feet. Melendez beat him up for the most part, and then poked him in the eye at the end of the round for good measure. The fifth round was a wild brawl, with both guys clearly trying to finish the fight. In the end, I gave the fight to Melendez, 49-47, with the fifth round being a draw. Good fight overall, and congrats to Melendez for a hard fought victory.
91.1
TKO (Punches)
13:56
      Melendez controlled the center of the cage for the first round, and was picking apart Ishida with his boxing, until Ishida shot in and took him down, and started looking for submissions, but Melendez was able to escape, ending up on top, pressing Ishida up against the cage. The second round started with the same story, Melendez controlling the center of the cage, and picking apart Ishida with his boxing, but this time, when Ishida shot in for a takedown, Melendez pretty much dominated him, showing outstanding takedown defense, and he even slammed Ishida, and beat the shit out of him up against the cage. Really nice round for Gilbert Melendez. By the time we got into the third round, it was pretty clear that Melendez was on another level, as he pretty much destroyed Ishida for the remainder of the fight, taking him down, and absolutely dominating him with brutal punches on the ground, he went for a rear-naked choke, but that wasn't going anywhere, so he gave up on it, so Melendez just postured up, and smashed Ishida's head in, until the referee stopped the fight. Really great victory for Melendez, considering that Ishida had previous handed him the first loss of his career. And now Gilbert Melendez is the Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Champion, since Josh Thomson is out with a broken leg at the moment.
89.3
KO (Punches)
7:02
      Oooooh... Damm threw a kick, Melendez caught it, and threw Damm forward (from Melendez), causing Damm to hit the ground hard, and Melendez immediately jumped into his guard, and started beating him up, while slamming him against the ground. The rest of the round basically consisted of Melendez pounding on the face of Damm with big punches up against the cage on the ground. The second round was mostly just boxing, and 2 minutes in, Melendez landed a huge right hand, knocking Damm to the ground, where Melendez finished him off with a couple of extra punches for good measure. Really nice win for Gilbert Melendez against a pretty tough opponent.
89.6
Decision
25:00
      This was a fairly competitive fight, with Thomson controlling the fight on the ground whenever it went down there, and he even almost finished the fight in the 4th round with a tight rear-naked choke. The boxing while standing was fairly even, with both guys being somewhat selective about which shots they'd throw, so it wasn't as action packed as I would have liked. In the end though, this was one of the biggest lightweight fights that you could possibly put together with two guys outside of the UFC, so... Pretty cool matchup, and congrats to Josh Thomson for pulling off the unanimous decision victory.
88.6
TKO (Punches)
7:18
      Gabe who? Ooooh, that's right... "Gabe the guy that got taken to the ground at the start of the fight, and got the shit beat out of him by the much higher level fighter, in Gilbert Melendez." I understand the benefits of giving Melendez a can, after he suffered his first defeat a few months ago against Mitsuhiro Ishida, but... I mean... COME ON... Who the fuck is Gabe Lemley? Isn't Melendez the Strikeforce Lightweight Champion? Why did this fight happen? But yeah, like I said, Melendez beat the shit out of Lemley on the ground, and that's pretty much the story of this fight. Hopefully Melendez has his confidence back now, so that he can move on to fight a tougher opponent again.
92.7
Decision
15:00
      OH SHIT!!! This was one hell of a fight. I have Melendez ranked as one of the top lightweights in the world, and I had Ishida ranked right up there with him, until he got destroyed by Takanori Gomi a year ago. With that being said, Ishida pretty much dominated Melendez in this fight with his wrestling, but Melendez did a great job holding his own as well. At one point in the first round, Ishida was on the back of Melendez, looking for a choke, and Melendez reached behind his head, grabbed Ishida by the throat, and SLAMMED him, head first, straight into the canvas, I thought he was going to kill Ishida by spiking him like that, and he was clearly rocked for a few, but Ishida was still somehow able to get up and shoot for a takedown, but Melendez went for a guillotine, and Ishida was able to work out of that. The rest of the fight was filled with more wild grappling exchanges like this. Fucking awesome fight overall, and Ishida is an extreme badass, for handing Gilbert Melendez his first professional loss, and doing it in dominating fashion.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Gilbert Melendez took this fight to the ground, and beat the shit out of Kato for most of the first round, smashing his face with her punches, and causing his eye to swell shut a little bit. The second round was a little bit closer, but I'd still give it to Melendez. The third round started with another takedown from Melendez, where he continued to beat up Kato on the ground. They eventually stood back up, and Melendez picked him apart until the end of the fight with his boxing. Pretty decent fight overall, and congrats to Melendez for the pretty clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      This fight was one hell of a war. Both fighters were throwing bombs, and just crazy combos (albeit sloppy combos). Both fighters had some really solid wrestling skills to show, including an exchange where Kawajiri grabbed the leg of Melendez, and tried to take him down, and Melendez hopped around on one foot, similar to BJ Penn, without getting taken to the ground. Both fighters almost knocked each other out, and there were a few submission attempts from both fighters as well. To be honest, this was a VERY close fight, but Melendez ended up winning by unanimous decision (which I agreed with). Really solid fight.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      This was an interesting fight, but not quite as exciting as it could have been, since both fighters felt sloppy. Melendez had some great strikes, but his technique was a bit wonky. Obiya on the other hand, was an OK striker, but his greatest attribute was definitely his chin. He got knocked out 7 times or so, but never fully blacked out. He would get hit, fall to the floor as if he had been knocked out, and then it was like hitting the floor actually caused him to wake back up... Weird. So Melendez dominated the standing game, it went to the ground a few times, and Melendez seemed to dominate that as well for the most part. Obiya has a huge heart, but I wasn't impressed by his skills at all. Melendez ended up winning by unanimous decision.
90.1
Decision (Split)
25:00
      Guida is still a machine, and he was in this fight all the way up until the end, but Melendez just outworked him in this fight, showing slightly better wrestling, significantly better striking on the feet, and the fact that he was able to keep up the same pace as Guida, put Melendez in a position where I thought he pretty much won all 5 rounds. Why did this fight go to a split-decision? I don't really know. But yeah, congrats to Melendez, for winning the title. Really good fight overall, and great performance by both fighters.
88.3
Submission (Punches)
5:44
      Melendez started this fight with some nice boxing, but then did his usual gameplan, taking Sarmiento down to the ground, where Melendez was able to grind out the first round on the scorecards in his favor with his typical ground & pound. The second round started with Sarmiento getting clipped with a hard body shot, Melendez went down, but immediately went into securing a takedown, where he was able to finish Sarmiento with ground & pound, forcing Sarmiento to tapout due to strikes. Nice win for Melendez.
87.4
TKO (Punches)
14:54
      Olaf came out swinging at the start of the first round, but Melendez took him down, and controlled him for the rest of the round, securing the round for Melendez, in somewhat boring "light ground & pound" fashion. Melendez landed some nice shots to the body, but that's about it. The second round was a repeat of the first, Alfonso came out like a ball of fire, and Melendez took him to the ground, grinding out another round on the scorecards for Melendez. The third round was more of the same shit, Melendez taking the fight to the ground, and doing some basic ground & pound stuff, until eventually he finished Olaf with punches on the ground. He broke Alfonso's undefeated streak, but it wasn't the most exciting fight I've ever seen.
85.8
TKO (Punches)
7:05
      That was pretty boring. Melendez took this fight on short notice, as a late replacement for someone else. The first round had Melendez taking Hougland down to the ground, and controlling him for the entire round, but nothing really happened at all. The second round had Hougland taking the fight to the ground, Melendez was able to get on top, and he finished Hougland with some basica ground & pound from back mount. Nice win for Gilbert Melendez.
N/A
TKO (Punches)
4:37
(Unaired)