The fight was for the UFC lightweight title with Anthony Pettis defending.
The first round began. Pettis landed an inside kick. Melendez worked a double, Pettis defending. He stuffed it. Melendez kneed the leg three times, taking those kicks away. Pettis broke with a blocked high kick, ate a body shot, Melendez got a double, Pettis standing. Melendez kneed the body. Kneed the blocking arm twice over the head, then the leg. 4:00. Melendez has the waist cinch, one hook. Five lefts under, three more. Crowd chanting Gilbert. Lefts under. 3:00. Lefts under and hammerfists. Pettis landed a reverse elbow. They broke away. Melendez landed a jab. He landed a right, worked a double and got it. Staying in Pettis' face, good strategy. Melendez landed two rights. Pettis is standing. Took a deep breath. 2:00 left. Right hands to the thigh. Rights and lefts, Pettis stood with a blocked high kick and ate a right and another, Pettis landed a spinning kick to the body, defended a double. They broke away. Melendez landed a right or two, worked a double. Switched to a single, landed a left and another, ate a counter left and blocked a high kick. 1:00. Melendez landed a counter left, Pettis stuffed a double, landed a flying knee. Melendez landed a left and a right and a left, tried a double, Pettis defending. 30. 15. Melendez broke with a right, ate a body kick. That hurt. Melendez landed an inside kick and ate a body kick and a left. R1 ends, 10-9 Melendez. Askren and Roufus in Pettis' corner.
R2 began. Pettis backpedaling more. Melendez landed a left, Pettis stuffed a single. Melendez landed a right, ate a counter left that hurt, worked a double. Switched to a single, ate rights inside. Melendez broke with a body combo and a left and a right. "Don't chase Gil!" They exchanged, Gil ate a counter right and was hurt, worked a double. Melendez broke with a body combo and a left and a right, ate a left. Pettis front kicked the face. Melendez landed a left and a right. He ate a counter left and a right and that hurt, tried a single, Pettis defended, dropped back for a guillotine to guard, it's tight, Pettis has it in mount and Melendez tapped, fuck. Melendez raised Pettis' hand. Well done. 1:53 R2. Melendez said Pettis made him feel old with his speed. "Shit happens."