Contract negotiations between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and No. 2 ranked lightweight Gilbert Melendez have come to a halt and the organization’s president feels that Melendez should start fielding other offers.
“I’m done. It’s not going well at this point. I like Gilbert Melendez very much, but I don’t like his management,” UFC president Dana White told UFC Tonight.
White criticized Melendez’s manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, who also represents former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
“Being Georges St-Pierre’s best friend does not make you a good manager,” the UFC president was quoted as saying.
Melendez’ contract expired following his UFC 166 unanimous decision win over Diego Sanchez on Oct. 19, 2013. His management team has been in negotiations with the organization for some time and recently appeared to be close to a deal.
A fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov was rumored and even appeared on the original UFC 170 fight poster, but was later scrapped.
White informed UFC Tonight that if Melendez wants to fight in the UFC that he should contact Lorenzo Fertita immediately, but also should start considering fighting elsewhere.