Bellator MMA recently announced the signing of Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. The 31-year-old has previously competed in kickboxing and Muay Thai, but fully intends on transitioning to the sport of mixed martial arts in the future.
Taylor-Melendez will debut as a kickboxer in front of her home town on September 19 at the highly anticipated “Bellator: Dynamite” show in San Jose, Calif. An opponent for Taylor-Melendez has yet to be decided upon.
The spouse of former WEC and Strikeforce champion and current UFC fighter Gilbert Melendez and co-owner of El Nino Training Center in San Francisco, Taylor-Melendez first took up combat sports close to 10 years ago, making a name for herself on unsanctioned cards held in the Bay Area. After racking up a 4-1 amateur record, she took her talents to the professional circuit, where she currently holds a 2-1 kickboxing record.
“I’m very honored for the opportunity to fight on such a big stage with a great promotion and promoter. I actually fought for Scott Coker before Gilbert and we both have a great relationship with him, so I feel very comfortable with this situation,” Taylor-Melendez said.
“Even though I haven’t been super active as a fighter I have never really stopped training and look forward to testing my skills as a Muay Thai fighter and a mixed martial artist. My goal is to go out there and do my best and make my daughter, my family and team proud.”