• Jennifer Mecham

Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez In early 2006 Gilbert came to us as an up and coming fighter with an unbeaten record. A hard worker in the gym Gilbert was preparing for his first world title fight. At the time some had him as an underdog as the champion, Clay Guida, was renowned for his conditioning and being able to keep an unbelievable pace. In helping prepare Gilbert for his fight I knew there was no way anyone was going to outwork or outpace him. And he proved it dominating all 5 rounds to become the Strikeforce Champion.

Unfortunately Gilbert's run at Diablo only lasted a little over a year but he did go undefeated in that time winning all 4 bouts. He may not have always liked the training I put him thru but one thing about Gilbert is while at Diablo he always did the work.

Ultimately he went on to fight for the UFC title. Now, with his career in it's twilight Gilbert can reflect on a great run in the sport. He also has been very successful outside of MMA in opening his own gym, The El Nino Training Center.


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