Despite signing a contract with Bellator last week, Gilbert Melendez will stay with the UFC, coach ‘TUF 20′ opposite Anthony Pettis, and fight for the belt.
Impressive news for Melendez.
He inked a big deal with Bellator last week for a reported multi-fight deal. But, the UFC had the right to match any offer he signed and they stepped up with a big deal he couldn’t resist.
Losing Melendez will hurt because it had Bellator poised to have a lightweight division that featured Melendez, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez.
Ultimate Fighter 20 will begin filming in May.