Former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez has been absent from the Octagon since a 2013 victory over Diego Sanchez.
And that could be continuing for even longer.
UFC president Dana White told “UFC Tonight” Wednesday that contract talks between the two sides have hit a rough patch. White told Ariel Helwani, “I’m done with Gilbert. I like Gilbert very much, but I don’t like his manager.”
White stated that Melendez has the same manager as former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, adding, “Being GSP’s best friend doesn’t make you a good manager.”
Melendez (22-3) came over from Strikeforce and was handed a title shot with the UFC. He lost a split decision to Benson Henderson, but rebounded to score a decision over Sanchez in October.
The manager in question by White is Rodolphe Beaulieu, who works under LB3i Sports. He is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.