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Pettis and Melendez Don't Care for Each Other

Gilbert Melendez on UFC champ Anthony Pettis: 'We ain't friends'
By: Elias Cepeda, Yahoo! Sports
"Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis were given shots to promote themselves and their upcoming UFC lightweight title fight while filming season 20 of the MMA reality show competition, The Ultimate Fighter, but "El Nino" says that both men chose to keep a lid on the drama. Fans shouldn't expect any Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate-esque TUF antics between Melendez and the champ.
 
“'I hope people aren’t too disappointed, but there’s not much interaction between us,' Melendez recently told MMA Junkie Radio.
 
"'We’re kind of guys who don’t talk too much [expletive] and like to fight more. I don’t really want to build a relationship with him. I think he feels the same.'
 
"According to UFC president Dana White, Melendez and Pettis are set to fight Dec. 6 for Pettis' lightweight strap. While Melendez said he didn't go out of his way to antagonize Pettis, he also didn't make an effort to be polite to him, since they will soon lock up.
 
“'We’ve had a little bit of words, but other than that, we just keep it separate. Because we ain’t friends,' Melendez explained."
 
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