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Gilbert Melendez returns to action

Updated: July 4, 2013, 11:22 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS – Highly ranked lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez will return to action Oct. 19 in Houston against Diego Sanchez, UFC officials announced Thursday.

Former Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard will make his 170-pound debut against Nathan Marquardt at the event, which is being billed as UFC 166.

Melendez, the former Strikeforce titleholder and ESPN.com's top-ranked contender among lightweights, will make his second appearance inside the Octagon. ...

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