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Mitsuhiro Ishida Claims Gilbert Melendez Was Greasy

Gilbert Melendez Mitsuhiro Ishida MMA Strikeforce
(Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.)

As first reported by and confirmed by FiveOuncesofPain, members of Mitsuhiro Ishida‘s camp have issued a verbal complaint to the California State Athletic Commission that Gilbert Melendez was illegally greased up during their fight at Saturday’s Strikeforce event. Melendez defeated Ishida by third-round TKO in a one-sided match marked by Melendez’s flawless counter-punching and takedown defense. During their first meeting in 2007, Ishida was able to control Melendez with his takedowns and grappling, which could explain why Ishida thought something didn’t feel right in San Jose. Melendez, of course, dismissed the charges as ludicrous, telling Sherdog:

“I did not grease in the fight. 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. I beat him good and there’s no way I greased.”

Ishida has until the end of the week to file a formal complaint in writing if he wants to further pursue the charge. As we’ve seen in the past, greasing accusations can be effective if you’re Japanese, and the guy who beat you is Korean, and the fight took place in Japan. It’s a lot harder to find sympathy in the U.S., even when you have an entire music video’s worth of evidence.

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Cosmin- August 19, 2009 at 12:27 am
Very odd.. I never thought of Ishida as petty or a complainer.
Komodo- August 18, 2009 at 5:56 pm
Here we go again...
Gargoroth- August 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm
Is he related to B.J Penn? Greasy is just a cop out. Gilbert looked phenomenal in this fight and handily whipped him clean. Great fight.
Da Spied Her- August 18, 2009 at 12:48 pm
The grease on Melendez's legs was leftover AFTER he raped Ishida.
Dr Garbo- August 18, 2009 at 10:18 am
Its not bullshit its the truth..There is a vid up right now on TMZ where Melendez's corner is in the dressing room rubbing GSP all over his neck and back
RearNakedPoke- August 18, 2009 at 9:36 am
Melendez beat his AZZ!!! plain and simple...
Mike Milbury- August 18, 2009 at 8:35 am
Ishida is one-dimensional in his fighting skills and his complaints.
MC Obscene- August 18, 2009 at 8:13 am
LOL @ agentsmith. That was good dude!
BM2- August 18, 2009 at 8:07 am
I don't think I've ever heard Ishida or T-BLOOD complain before. So there may be some merit to this.
portland mma- August 18, 2009 at 7:51 am
Jay these accusations are usually more common in Japan, so for the first time in a long time its not BJ's fault.
agentsmith- August 18, 2009 at 7:46 am
I'm reserving judgement on this matter until I hear what Ishida's mother has to say.
CJvsCP- August 18, 2009 at 7:41 am
Yeah right Melendez just beat the shit out of him. Ishida probably had left over soy sauce on his hands from a Cowafornia Vwoll! Height!
Jay Smith- August 18, 2009 at 7:39 am
Thanks alot BJ. Is this what we have to look forward to now.
portland mma- August 18, 2009 at 7:35 am
This is pretty much bull shit, there wasn't a lot of grappling and Melendez had an amazing sprawl because of speed and timing not greasing, what a whiny little bitch.