Dana White is done trying to re-sign Gilbert Melendez, advises he may want to look elsewhere
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez isn’t any closer to a new deal with the UFC and apparently negotiations have broken down after the latest attempt to get a contract done.
UFC president Dana White told UFC Tonight on Wednesday that Melendez’s manager has been unreasonable with his requests and at this point he’s walking away from the negotiating table all together.
"I’m done. It’s not going well. I couldn’t care less about it anymore," White told UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani. "I like Gilbert Melendez, I don’t like his management."
For those curious, Melendez is represented by Rodolphe Beaulieu. If that name sounds familiar it should because Beaulieu also happens to be the manager for former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
Beaulieu was a friend of St-Pierre’s from Montreal who took over his management following his split with former manager Shari Spencer. For most of his time involved in MMA, St-Pierre was the only fighter that Beaulieu managed, but apparently he’s added Melendez to his roster of clients.
If he wants to fight in the UFC, he better talk to Lorenzo quick. He better start looking elsewhere.
"Being Georges St-Pierre’s best friend, doesn’t make you a good manager," White said.
The contract situation has gotten so nasty that White is done dealing with it and handing off the entire negotiation over to UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who will now have to deal with Melendez and Beaulieu to hopefully hammer out a new deal.
From the sound of things, however, White isn’t optimistic that things will get worked out and Melendez may have to find a new home.
"If he wants to fight in the UFC, he better talk to Lorenzo quick," White said. "He better start looking elsewhere."
Melendez has not responded to FOX Sports request for an interview, and Beaulieu did not answer an initial inquiry from UFC Tonight either to ask about the ongoing contract situation. Melendez has been out since October when he defeated Diego Sanchez at UFC 166.
He was briefly attached to a fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170 before the promotion opted to drop him from the bout and move onto other options. Given the strenuous nature of these contract negotiations now going public, it’s an easy guess as to why Melendez isn’t fighting next weekend.