Melendez Offers Self For Quick Turnaround

Melendez Offers Self For Quick Turnaround

Former two-time UFC title contender and ex-Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez has agreed to replace Bobby Green in a lightweight showdown with Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71, the promotion announced recently.

Set for July 15 and San Diego, the card features a main event between Frank Mir and Todd Duffee.

Melendez (22-5) dropped his second straight contest recently when he lost to Eddie Alvarez via split-decision. Iaquinta (12-3-1) is on a four-fight win streak and has won seven of his last eight overall.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee

Lightweight: Gilbert Melendez vs. Al Iaquinta

Lightweight: Josh Thomson vs. Tony Ferguson

Welterweight: Sean Strickland vs. Igor Araujo

Bantamweight: Scott Jorgensen vs. Manny Gamburyan

Welterweight: Alan Jouban vs. Matt Dwyer

Lightweight: Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri

Welterweight: Andrew Craig vs. Edgar Garcia

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras

Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Doo Ho Choi

Female Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau

Light Heavyweight: Kevin Casey vs. Ildemar Alcantara

Posted by Kelley Tidwell