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Gilbert Melendez returns against Edson Barboza

Gilbert Melendez returns against Edson Barboza

Former UFC lightweight title contender and former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will return to action after what will be more than a year layoff when he takes on Edson Barboza at UFC on FOX 20.

Gilbert Melendez vs Edson Barboza added to UFC Chicago

Melendez has lost three of his last four UFC fights to include two title shots; one against Benson Henderson, and one against Anthony Pettis.  His last taste of defeat occurred at UFC 188 in June of 2015, a split decision loss to Eddie Alvarez.  Melendez’ sole UFC victory came in one of the most memorable bouts in UFC history, a decision win over Diego Sanchez.

Melendez (22-5) is currently serving a one-year suspension after testing positive for exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites in the Alvarez bout.

Barboza (17-4) is coming off a victory over Anthony Pettis at UFC 197 on April 23.

UFC on FOX 20 will held July 23 in Chicago at the United Center.

The current UFC on FOX 20 fight card looks like this:

  • Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
  • George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
  • James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
  • Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig
  • Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazares
  • Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland
  • Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
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