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Details Emerge On Gilbert Melendez Signing, TUF Coaching Job
Las Vegas, Nev. â€“ The Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÂ® announced tonight that No. 2 ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendezhas agreed to a new contract with the organization. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Melendez will now coach against UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis on season 20 of The Ultimate FighterÂ®. The two will then meet for the UFC lightweight title later this year.
The show, which will begin filming in May and premiere on FOX Sports 1 on Sept. 10, features the launch of the UFC womenâ€™s 115-pound weight class. The winner of this season of The Ultimate FighterÂ® will be crowned the UFC strawweight divisionâ€™s inaugural champion.
The Ultimate FighterÂ® is the longest-running sports reality show on television, with The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia currently airing Wednesdays on FOX Sports 1. The next international edition of The Ultimate FighterÂ® will feature fighters from Latin America, with the premiere set for summer 2014. Melendez is slated to make a special guest appearance on the show and broadcast plans will be announced in the weeks to come.
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