By: Chris Taylor
If the reported facts and figures are true, Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez will now be in a whole new tax bracket.
According to MMAFighting.com, the UFC has matched Bellator’s offer sheet to retain the former Strikeforce lightweight champion.
Though not officially confirmed, it’s being reported that Melendez’s deal guarantees that at least 75 percent of his fights will be contested on pay-per-view moving forward. Additionally, income earned from Melendez’s contracted pay-per-view points will kick in at a lower minimum buy rate than for any contract in UFC history, meaning Melendez will still earn pay-per-view point income on an event that underperforms at the box office. Melendez will also earn pay-per-view income regardless of his placement on an event, i.e., regardless of whether he fights in the main event, co-main event or on the events main card.
When it’s all said and done, Melendez is now one of the highest paid fighters all of mixed martial arts.
UFC officials also announced that Gilbert Melendez will coach opposite lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter. After “Showtime” and “El Nino” have completed their duties as coaches on TUF 20, the pair will then face-off in the octagon for the UFC lightweight title sometime in late 2014.
Stay tuned to Kalapakijoes.com for further information as it becomes available.
By: Chris Taylor
UFC featherweight champion and long-time division ruler, Jose Aldo, appears to be lightweight-bound, this after defeating Ricardo Lamas 49-46 on each of the judges scorecards at UFC 169 in Newark, N.J. yesterday evening.
“Scarface” stated his desire to fight the UFC’s lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, at last night’s post-fight press conference:
“It’s not about me, it’s about Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta],” Aldo said. “I’ve always been ready, I want that fight. Everybody wants that fight. If the fight was tonight, I’d fight him. So it’s up to UFC and Dana.”
UFC President Dana White then weighed-in on the topic, giving his stamp of approval for the potential “Super fight” between “Scarface” and “Showtime.”
“Yeah, I mean, I’ve been talking about that fight. I like that fight, I like Jose at 155,” White stated. “I think the weight cut’s much easier for him, but again, I’m going to throw it back at him. He’s the king at 145. If he wants to move to 155 it’s a huge fight with Anthony Pettis. Yeah, it doesn’t suck.”
Aldo then committed to the “Super fight” by saying:
“It’s not only about me, I want the fight, the fans want the fight. So why not?” he said. “We’re ready to fight, so let’s get this fight.”
Which led to the following response from the UFC President:
“Sounds like we got a fight. There you go,” White responded. “That was easy. Got that deal done. One more thing I don’t have to do on Monday.”
It was following Aldo’s decision victory over former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, that UFC president Dana White would receive a text message from 155er Anthony Pettis, who requested a drop down in weight-class in order to face “Scarface.”
UFC officials would then set-up the highly touted fight between Aldo and Pettis for last summers UFC 163 event in Brazil. However, Pettis suffered a knee injury, that would ultimately doom the fight and Aldo would instead battle the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, whom he defeated by way of TKO in front of his fellow countrymen.
Anthony Pettis would return from injury to face then lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, at the UFC 164 event in “Showtime’s” hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pettis would once again defeat “Smooth,” this time by first-round submission, thus capturing the UFC’s lightweight strap.
Now, Aldo would be vying for Pettis’ belt. Pettis, once again, called White (from Kalapaki Joe’s Waimea) during the press conference and told him he wanted the Aldo fight. When asked how it would ultimately work, as to whether or not Aldo would have to vacate the featherweight title, White stated the following:
“I can answer that question: The answer is yes,” White said. “[Aldo] would vacate the title, move up to 155, fight for the title. If he didn’t win the title at 155 he could go back and challenge for the 145-pound title again if he wanted to do that. Or, if he wins the 155-pound title, then two other guys would fight for the 145-pound title.”
What do you think of the news? I would personally think this is a fight everyone will be happy to see finally come to fruition (Aldo vs. Pettis). If everything does fall in place, who would you like to see vie for the vacant featherweight strap?
By: Chris Taylor
UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis will be a special guest for the grand opening of the new Kalapaki Joe’s Waimea location on Saturday February 1st for UFC 169.
Yes you read correctly. Mr. Pettis, who will be accompanied by his girlfriend, will be in attendance at the new Kalapaki Joe’s Waimea location, located at 9400 Kamuali’i Highway, in Waimea, Hawaii.
UFC 169 is headlined by 2 UFC title fights, which include Renan Barao taking on Urijah Faber for a second time for the UFC Bantamweight Championship, as well as longtime Featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his belt against top contender Ricardo Lamas.
Should Aldo defeat Lamas, there is speculation that he may call out “Showtime” for a shot at his UFC lightweight strap. So it should be an entertaining evening.
Also, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, will take on dangerous striker and former Strikeforce title holder, Alistair Overeem on the events main card.
Be sure to show up for this awesome grand opening event this Saturday! Everyone is welcome, but it’s worth noting that this is a reservation-free event.
If you have any other questions, feel free to call Kalapaki Joe’s Waimea at 1-808-338-1666.
Hope to see you all there! Aloha!
By: Chris Taylor
Last week, it was announced that UFC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, had been forced to withdraw from his scheduled title fight at UFC on FOX 9 with Josh Thomson due to a knee injury.
On Monday, UFC officials announced that Josh Thomson (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will not wait for Pettis to return and instead will face former title holder, Benson “Smooth” Henderson (19-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in the headlining bout of the UFC on FOX 10 event set for January 25 in Chicago.
Josh Thomson was last seen in action at the UFC on FOX 7 event in San Jose, where he earned a KO victory over former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz. The KO over Diaz earned Josh “Knockout of the night” honours and marked the first time that the Stockton native had been stopped in his career.
Meanwhile, Benson Henderson hasn’t seen action since his title loss to Anthony Pettis at August’s UFC 164 event in Milwaukee. Prior to the loss, “Smooth” had gone 7-0 under the Zuffa banner, with all seven victories coming by way of decision.
UFC on FOX 10 takes place January 25 live from Chicago’s United Centre. Be sure to catch this awesome lightweight fight at Kalapaki Joe’s Lihue or Kalapaki Joe’s Poipu this January.