Gilbert Melendez weighed in at 156 lbs. via The Dolce Diet and then earned a win over the very tough Diego Sanchez in a lightweight fight that was dubbed an instant classic.
Watch highlights from the fight here:
From Bleacher Report:
Fans, fighters and analysts alike knew a lightweight scrap between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez had the potential to be something special, and the two scrappy competitors did not disappoint in the slightest.
The two Mexican-American fighters stood in the center of the cage and traded leather for the better part of three rounds, and although “El Nino” got the better of the original Ultimate Fighter, Sanchez refused to quit and manged to drop the ex-Strikeforce champ with an uppercut in the third round.
Wild, bloody brawls are Sanchez’s specialty and Melendez certainly had no intentions of fighting conservatively in this instant classic that most pundits are already deeming 2013’s “Fight of the Year.”