Melendez steps in for Green, takes on Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71

Gilbert Melendez - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Gilbert Melendez - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
Gilbert Melendez – Esther Lin/MMAFighting

UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta wasn’t without an opponent for too long after Bobby Green was forced out of their UFC Fight Night 71 bout.

On Wednesday evening it was announced on FOX Sports Live that Gilbert Melendez would replace Green.

Melendez steps in for Green, takes on Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71

Iaquinta (12-3-1) is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, with TKO wins over Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson, and Rodrigo Damm.  In his last outing earlier this month, he picked up a controversial decision win over Jorge Masvidal.

Melendez (22-5) fought at UFC 188 against Eddie Alvarez and despite thinking he won the fight, the judges gave the nod to his opponent. Since making his UFC debut at UFC on FOX 7 in 2013, the former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion has gone 1-3.

UFC Fight Night 71 takes place on July 15 from the Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, California.Heavyweight’s Frank Mir and Todd Duffee go toe-to-toe in the evening’s main event.

 

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