UFC 232 on December 29th could see the return of lightweight veteran Gilbert Melendez, as he is slated to take on featherweight prospect Arnold Allen on the card.
The potential matchup was first reported by Nolan King of FloCombat. Melendez, 36, has not fought since losing in his featherweight debut against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 in September 2017.
His last loss to Stephens means Melendez (22-7) is now on a four-fight losing streak. Dropping decisions to Edson Barboza and Eddie Alvarez before his loss to Stephens, Melendez has almost gone five years without a win, last picking up a victory against Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 in October 2013.
Allen (13-1) has impressed since making his UFC debut back in June 2015, winning his first four fights with the promotion. His most recent victory was a third-round submission against Mads Burnell in May, a performance that earned him a $50,000 bonus on the night. “Almighty” was also supposed to fight at UFC 220 in January, but visa issues forced him off the card.
The UFC’s final PPV of 2018, UFC 232, takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will headline the card.