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Keri Melendez returns at Bellator 201 to fight Tiani Valle

Bellator Kickboxing Press Conference
Keri Melendez
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Keri Melendez will soon be back in Bellator action.

The professional kickboxer-turned-cage fighter will compete in MMA for the second time when she meets Tiani Valle in a strawweight bout at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.

This will be Melendez’s first fight since her MMA debut on Nov. 19, 2016, a first-round TKO win over Sheila Padilla. Officials announced Melendez’s return on Monday.

Melendez, 34, was supposed to be part of Bellator’s first visit to New York City last July, but suffered an injury that forced her to withdraw from the card. Aside from her own combat sports success, Melendez known is the wife of former Strikeforce lightweight champion and two-time UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez.

Valle will also be competing for just the second time as a pro. The Hawaiian fighter defeated Erica Ketchum by second-round TKO last November. She holds an amateur MMA record of 8-2, per Tapology.

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