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Ishida’s Camp Files Protest With CSAC Alleging Melendez Greased (Update)

Gilbert Melendez & Mitsuhiro Ishida

Oh boy, here we go again.

Mitsuhiro Ishida’s camp has filed a verbal protest to the California State Athletic Commission allegedly that Gilbert Melendez greased in Saturday’s match on Showtime.

Mitsuhiro Ishida completely failed where he found a ton of success in his first go-around with Gilbert Melendez. That alone doesn’t mean Melendez was greasing, and I’m not saying he did or he didn’t, but it’s at least enough to raise an eyebrow and warrant a second look in light of this allegation.

Image via Showtime Sports

Update: Melendez is denying the accusation.

“I did not grease in the fight,” said Melendez. “The athletic commission was with me the whole time. I didn’t bring any grease with me. I didn’t think there was much grappling in the fight anyway.”

“It’s kind of funny, but kind of weak,” he said. “I beat him good and there’s no way I greased.”

The CSAC says Ishida’s camp has yet to file a formal complaint in writing and will need to within five days of the bout to make the complaint an official matter.

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