Brian Melancon

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Brian Melancon
Born (1982-05-28) May 28, 1982 (age 35)
Port Neches, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight(2010-2013)
Lightweight (2009-2010)
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Fighting out of Houston, Texas, United States
Team Paradigm Training Center
Trainer Ricco Rodriguez[1]
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Years active 2009-2013
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 7
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 2
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brian Melancon (born May 28, 1982) is a retired American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the UFC's Welterweight division. A professional competitor from 2009-2013, Melancon also formerly competed for Strikeforce and Bellator.


Born and raised in Port Neches, Texas, Melancon played baseball, competing at Port Neches-Groves High School. Melancon then attended Lamar University and pursued a career in physical therapy, later earning a master's degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.[2] At the age of 24, Melancon began training in mixed martial arts to keep himself in shape.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Melancon compiled a 5−1 record before signing with Strikeforce.


Melancon made his promotional debut against Isaac Vallie-Flagg at Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum. He lost the fight via split decision.

Melancon next faced Felipe Portela at Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough and won via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Melancon made his UFC debut by knocking out Seth Baczynski on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162 at the end of the first round.[4]

Melancon faced Kelvin Gastelum on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27, replacing an injured Paulo Thiago.[5] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Melancon was expected to face Robert Whittaker on December 7, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 33.[6] However, Melancon pulled out of the bout and subsequently announced his retirement due to renal stress as a result of frequent weight cutting. Whittaker was subsequently removed from the card as well.[7][8][9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7–3 Kelvin Gastelum Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 August 28, 2013 1 2:26 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 7–2 Seth Baczynski KO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–2 Felipe Portela Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough September 23, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–2 Isaac Vallie-Flagg Decision (split) Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum June 18, 2011 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 5–1 Derrick Krantz Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 5 January 29, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 4–1 Todd Moore TKO (punches) Legacy FC 3 July 31, 2010 1 1:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 3–1 Adam Schindler Decision (unanimous) Bellator 20 May 27, 2010 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Jarrett Jones TKO (punches) Steele Cage MMA 1 June 11, 2009 1 n/a Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Kenneth Battle Submission (punches) Urban Rumble Championships 4 May 23, 2009 1 1:35 Pasadena, California, United States
Win 1–0 Adrian Barco TKO (punches) Urban Rumble Championships 3 January 24, 2009 1 1:35 Pasadena, California, United States


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