Eddie Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez have been campaigning for a fight between the two lightweights for years, and now, finally, their wish has been granted.
Yes, not long after the UFC confirmed that Cain Velaquez will battle Fabrio Werdum on June 13th, the promotion announced that Melendez-Alvarez will co-headline the Mexico City card.
When Melendez was Strikeforce’s reigning lightweight champ, and Alvarez held Bellator’s title, there was widespread talk about the two fighting. The all-star bout, however, never materialized.
More recently, Melendez and Alvarez had repeated their desire to scrap, and now it’s a done deal.
Melendez will be looking to get back on track, after he was tapped out by lightweight champ Anthony Pettis in December.
Alvarez is also coming off a loss, as he was decisioned by Donald Cerrone in September, which also marked his UFC debut.
UFC 188 will be hosted by the Mexico City Arena.