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At UFC 215 on Saturday night, former Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez went the distance with Jeremy Stephens – after Stephens had wrecked his leg with kicks almost at the outset of the fight.

For Melendez to endure such crippling punishment, and not only remain in the fight, but remain somewhat competitive, is a testament to his heart and toughness. He lost the decision, but some battles go beyond the “L” and the “W”.

Here’s a pic of Melendez’s leg the next day.