Keri Melendez: Hottest Photos Of Bellator Fighter & Gilbert Melendez's Wife

During Keri Melendez’s professional mixed martial arts debut, Bellator MMA went head-to-head with the UFC, holding Bellator 165 at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. While Michael Chandler retained his lightweight title in an instant classic, it was Melendez who really stole the show. Melendez, the wife of former Strikeforce champion and UFC title contender Gilbert Melendez, didn’t need long to make an impact in her mixed martial arts debut, using her impressive striking credentials to earn a devastating knockout win over Sheila Padilla in just 47 seconds.
The win immediately catapults Melendez into the spotlight in the Bellator women’s division and her slick striking will be trouble for anyone she faces.
It will be interesting to see how Melendez continues to develop as she continues her transition from Muay Thai and kickboxing to a well-round mixed martial arts game. Herapple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, ‘Segoe UI’, Roboto, Oxygen-Sans, Ubuntu, Cantarell, ‘Helvetica Neue’, sans-serif;”> return to the cage was delayed due to injury.
“I was working through my injury and initially I really wanted to be on the May 12 Bellator card. They had me set up to do that May 12 card and my knee injury was lingering,” she said in an interview with MMA Mania. “I had to call them and let them know, ‘You know what? I can’t confirm this May 12 card and I need to push it back. I would like to push it back for the next card as soon as possible.’ So they were really accommodating and they said, ‘You know we can put you on the next card, but we’re going to put you on the ‘Prelims.’’ I said, ‘That’s fine, I just want to be active and get going, and I’d love to be on the same card as the girl main event.’”
For more photos of Keri Melendez, check out the gallery below and be sure to head on over to Instagram and click follow to join the growing list of more than 20,000 fans who can’t wait to see her next move.

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