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Melendez returns to face Barboza at UFC on FOX 20

Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez (22-5-0)  will return to the octagon at UFC on FOX 20 to face streaking contender #6-ranked Edson Barboza (17-4-0).

Melendez is returning from a year’s suspension after testing positive  for performance enhancing drugs. He lost a split-decision to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188.

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The fight was revealed by UFC reporter Megan Olivi on the FOX show UFC Tonight.

 

Olivi also reported Anthony Johnson vs Glover Teixeira and Holly Holm vs Valentina Shevchenkois are being worked on for the card, while TJ Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao being looked at for UFC 200.

The current card for UFC on FOX 20 is:

Alex Oliveira vs James Moontasri

George Sullivan vs Hector Urbina

Ryan LaFlare vs Alexander Yakovlev

Luis Henrique vs Dmitry Smolyakov

Edson Barboza vs Gilbert Melendez

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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