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Gilbert Melendez steps in on short notice to face Al Iaqunita at UFC Fight Night: San Diego

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After a controversial split decision loss to Eddie Alvarez this past Saturday night in Mexico City, former Strikeforce champion Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez (22-5) will make a very quick turnaround.

UFC Tonight just announced that Melendez will take on Serra-Longo standout Al Iaquinta (12-3-1) in a fight that will serve as the co-main event for UFC Fight Night 71. Iaquinta was originally slated to face Bobby Green at on July 15th in San Diego; Green was removed from said card earlier today leaving Iaquinta without a dancing partner. Melendez, who is currently riding the first multi-loss streak of his storied career, was more than happy to step in.

Here is the updated UFC Fight Night 71 ‘Mir vs. Duffee’ card as it stands tonight:

• Heavyweight Main Event: Frank Mir (17-9) vs. Todd Duffee (9-2)

• Lightweight Co-Main Event: Gilbert Melendez (22-5) vs. Al Iaquinta (12-3-1)

• Lightweight Bout: Josh Thomson (20-7) vs. Tony Ferguson (18-3)

• Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Holly Holm (8-0) vs. Marion Reneau (6-1)

• Bantamweight Bout: Scott Jorgensen (15-10) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (14-8)

• Lightweight Bout: Kevin Lee (10-1) vs. James Moontasri (8-2)

• Welterweight Bout: Alan Jouban (11-3) vs. Matt Dwyer (8-2)

• Featherweight Bout: Sam Sicilia (13-5) vs. Doo Ho Choi (12-1)

• Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Jessica Andrade (12-4) vs. Sarah Moras (4-1)

• Middleweight Bout: Kevin Casey (8-3) vs. Ildemar Alcantara (21-7)

• Welterweight Bout: Igor Araujo (25-7) vs. Sean Strickland (15-1)

• Welterweight Bout: Andrew Craig (9-3) vs. Edgar Garcia (14-4)

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