As expected, Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez blew the roof off of Houston’s Toyota Center with an incredible three-round war in one of the featured bouts at “UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos III.”
Melendez walked away with the unanimous decision victory, but both men put on an incredible display of heart and determination over the course of the 15-minute battle.
Fans were in a frenzy at the conclusion of the memorable contest, and the reaction on social media was the same.
The MMA community showered both Melendez (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Sanchez (24-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with praise following of the fight, and if you happened to miss them, here are the top Twitter reactions from Saturday’s “Fight of the Year” candidate:
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HOLY SHIT!!! Diego vs Gil
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 20, 2013
— Gesias JZ Cavalcante (@Gesias) October 20, 2013
Holy motherf*cker !!! Gil vs Sanchez fight of the year !!!! @ufc
— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) October 20, 2013
DEF FIGHT OF TE NIGHT. What an awesome fight.
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) October 20, 2013
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) October 20, 2013
— Julianna Peña (@VenezuelanVixen) October 20, 2013
That’s what happens when two real chicanos get in there wit each other. #chingasos
— John Moraga (@chicanojohn) October 20, 2013
Fights like this remind you why you love this sport.
— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) October 20, 2013
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) October 20, 2013
— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) October 20, 2013
U were right @arielhelwani Sanchez Melendez stole the show
— Steven Siler (@Stevesiler) October 20, 2013
— Chris Leben (@cripplerufc) October 20, 2013
Wow!! Sanchez and Melendez do not disappoint
— isaac vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) October 20, 2013
Frye vs Takayama had nothing on that! #UFC166
— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) October 20, 2013
— Aaron Simpson (@aaronsimpson) October 20, 2013
Umm Diego vs Melendez best fight I’ve ever seen! #ufc166
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) October 20, 2013
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 20, 2013
— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) October 20, 2013
Wowwwwwwwwwwww warriors… The best fight..
— Antonio Pezao Silva (@BigfootSilva) October 20, 2013
This is what fighting is all about. People pay money to see battles like this! Two warriors to the end @ufc
— Tom Kong Watson (@TomKongWatson) October 20, 2013
— michael (@bisping) October 20, 2013
I don’t know how this dude diego does this every time
— Phil Davis (@PhilMrWonderful) October 20, 2013
Diego Sanchez has more fight in him than WW1 #UFC166
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) October 20, 2013
THIS IS THE GATTI-WARD OF MMA!!
— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) October 20, 2013
— Steven Siler (@Stevesiler) October 20, 2013
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What a Fukin fight. Sanchez is a warrior.
— jimi manuwa (@POSTERBOYJM) October 20, 2013
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