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Gilbert Melendez suspended for failing drug test; pulled from Al Iaquinta bout

Gilbert Melendez is the latest fighter to fail a post-fight drug test.

The 33-year old former Strikeforce lightweight champion tested positive for what was termed “exogenous origin of testosterone metabolites” following his UFC 188 loss to Eddie Alvarez.

As a result, Melendez has been suspended for one year and has been pulled from his scheduled July 15 bout against Al Iaquinta in San Diego. The UFC announced it is seeking a replacement opponent for Iaquinta.

“Regrettably, I tested positive in my post fight urine sample for UFC 188,” Melendez stated. “I did not inject anything, but I am responsible and accept the consequences for the results.  I will make sure I am better educated about the products I use and their implications. Going forward I will ensure no products I use will contain banned substances. I am sincerely apologetic to everyone who supports me, including my fans, sponsors and the UFC.  I value your trust and respect and will do everything in my power to keep it.”

Since the Alvarez bout took place on June 13, the punishment was handed out under the previous terms for drug-test failures. The new guidelines with harsher punishments went into effect for events held starting July 1.

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Gilbert Melendez Steps in to Face Al Iaquinta at UFN 71

A few days ago, Gilbert Melendez fought another top rated lightweight in Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 in Mexico City. He lost by decision, but it was his opponent Alvarez who ended up with a trip to the hospital and a six month medical suspension. Melendez, as his teammate Nate Diaz boasted, came out relatively […]

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Melendez Replaces Injured Green, Meets Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night in San Diego

Gilbert Melendez won’t have much time to dwell on his loss to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188.
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Bobby Green out of Al Iaquinta fight due to injury

Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his anticipated July 15 fight against Al Iaquinta due to an injury suffered in training, MMAFighting.com confirmed with multiple sources.

As of right now, a replacement opponent has not been found for Iaquinta, so there’s no word just yet whether he’ll remain on the Fight Night card in San Diego.

Both fighters engaged in a war of words as of late, but alas, the fight was not meant to be for now.

When reached for a comment, Iaquinta said, “I’d rather be drunk at Jones Beach, but I’m still training for TBD.” Iaquinta added that fights against Gilbert Melendez, Dustin Poirier and/or Efrain Escudero “would be good fights.”

The card, which will air on Fox Sports 1 in the United States, is scheduled to be headlined by Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee.

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Bobby Green out of Al Iaquinta fight due to injury

Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his anticipated July 15 fight against Al Iaquinta due to an injury suffered in training, MMAFighting.com confirmed with multiple sources.

As of right now, a replacement opponent has not been found for Iaquinta, so there’s no word just yet whether he’ll remain on the Fight Night card in San Diego.

Both fighters engaged in a war of words as of late, but alas, the fight was not meant to be for now.

When reached for a comment, Iaquinta said, “I’d rather be drunk at Jones Beach, but I’m still training for TBD.” Iaquinta added that fights against Gilbert Melendez, Dustin Poirier and/or Efrain Escudero “would be good fights.”

The card, which will air on Fox Sports 1 in the United States, is scheduled to be headlined by Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee.

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Bobby Green out of Al Iaquinta fight due to injury

Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his anticipated July 15 fight against Al Iaquinta due to an injury suffered in training, MMAFighting.com confirmed with multiple sources.

As of right now, a replacement opponent has not been found for Iaquinta, so there’s no word just yet whether he’ll remain on the Fight Night card in San Diego.

Both fighters engaged in a war of words as of late, but alas, the fight was not meant to be for now.

When reached for a comment, Iaquinta said, “I’d rather be drunk at Jones Beach, but I’m still training for TBD.” Iaquinta added that fights against Gilbert Melendez, Dustin Poirier and/or Efrain Escudero “would be good fights.”

The card, which will air on Fox Sports 1 in the United States, is scheduled to be headlined by Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee.

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Bobby Green out of Al Iaquinta fight due to injury

Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his anticipated July 15 fight against Al Iaquinta due to an injury suffered in training, MMAFighting.com confirmed with multiple sources.

As of right now, a replacement opponent has not been found for Iaquinta, so there’s no word just yet whether he’ll remain on the Fight Night card in San Diego.

Both fighters engaged in a war of words as of late, but alas, the fight was not meant to be for now.

When reached for a comment, Iaquinta said, “I’d rather be drunk at Jones Beach, but I’m still training for TBD.” Iaquinta added that fights against Gilbert Melendez, Dustin Poirier and/or Efrain Escudero “would be good fights.”

The card, which will air on Fox Sports 1 in the United States, is scheduled to be headlined by Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee.

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Al Iaquinta vs. Bobby Green announced for UFC Fight Night in San Diego

A lightweight barnburner is heading its way to San Diego.

Al Iaquinta will meet Bobby Green on the July 15 UFC Fight Night card at Valley View Casino Center. MMAFighting.com‘s Ariel Helwani reported the bout on FS1′s UFC 186 post-fight show Saturday night.

Iaquinta (12-3), a Serra-Longo Fight Club competitor, scored a controversial split decision victory over Jorge Masvidal in Fairfax, Va. on April 4. That fight is best-remembered for Iaquinta’s profane post-fight interview, in which he lashed out a jeering fans.

Regardless, the victory was Iaquinta’s fourth in a row in seventh in his past eight fights.

Green (23-6), of Riverside, Calif., is looking to shake off a loss to Edson Barboza last November. That ended a memorable eight-fight win streak for the outspoken fighter nicknamed “King.”

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UFC Fight Night 63 payouts and salaries: Clay Guida outstrips Chad Mendes, Jorge Masvidal tops Al Iaquinta

UFC Fight Night 63 is in the books and payouts and salaries are in the checkbooks. Here’s a complete list of last Saturday afternoon’s (April 4, 2015) earnings for all the fighters competing at the “Mendes vs. Lamas” FOX Sports 1-televised event in Fairfax, Virginia.

UFC Fight Night 63 fighter payouts and salaries for the athletes who competed at the “Mendes vs. Lamas” FOX Sports 1 event last weekend (Sat., April 4, 2015) from inside Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., were released earlier this afternoon by that state’s Boxing, MMA and Wrestling Advisory Board.

Surprisingly, top-ranked Featherweight contender — and two-time 145-pound unsuccessful title challenger — Chad Mendes was not the top earner of the night, raking in $ 96,000 ($ 48,000 to show, $ 48,000 to win) for his destruction of Ricardo Lamas in the main event that lasted less than three minutes (video highlights here).

It was Clay Guida who scored the biggest payout, bringing in $ 100,000 ($ 50,000 to show, $ 50,000 to win) after he turned in a vintage — and dominant — performance at the expense of Robbie Peralta (read full recap here).

That’s not all, including (perhaps) a moral victory for the dejected Jorge Masvidal (more on that here).

Here’s the complete list of UFC Fight Night 63 payouts and salaries (via MMA Fighting):

Chad Mendes: $ 96,000 ($ 48,000 to show, $ 48,000 to win)
Ricardo Lamas: $ 35,000
Al Iaquinta: $ 46,000 ($ 23,000 to show, $ 23,000 to win)
Jorge Masvidal: $ 51,000
Michael Chiesa: $ 48,000 ($ 24,000 to show, $ 24,000 to win)
Mitch Clarke: $ 12,000
Julianna Pena: $ 30,000 ($ 15,000 to show, $ 15,000 to win)
Milana Dudieva: $ 10,000
Clay Guida: $ 100,000 ($ 50,000 to show, $ 50,000 to win)
Robbie Peralta: $ 18,000
Dustin Poirier: $ 68,000 ($ 34,000 to show, $ 34,000 to win)
Diego Ferreira: $ 15,000
Liz Carmouche: $ 34,000 ($ 17,000 to show, $ 17,000 to win)
Lauren Murphy: $ 8,000
Alexander Yakovlev: $ 16,000 ($ 8,000 to show, $ 8,000 to win)
Gray Maynard: $ 48,000
Timothy Johnson: $ 16,000 ($ 8,000 to show, $ 8,000 to win)
Shamil Abdurahimov: $ 12,000
Ron Stallings: $ 20,000 ($ 10,000 to show, $ 10,000 to win)
Justin Jones: $ 8,000

The total disclosed payroll for UFC Fight Night 63 was $ 691,000.

Keep in mind the salaries listed above do not include fight bonuses, sponsorships, percentages and other unofficial payments. It also does not include deductions for expenses such as insurance, taxes, etc. Also, the promotion hands out extra cash for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” bonuses (see that full list here).

Cha-ching!

For complete UFC Fight Night 63 results and blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action click here.

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Al Iaquinta on Profane Post-Fight Outburst: ‘It Hurts to Hear People Booing You’

The first emotion Al Iaquinta experienced following his bout with Jorge Masvidal was not relief at having escaped with a controversial split-decision victory in the UFC Fight Night “Mendes vs. Lamas” co-main event.
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