In fact, Melendez (22-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) didn’t talk a whole lot during filming on reality show’s Las Vegas set, the upcoming title challenger told MMAjunkie Radio.
“I hope people aren’t too disappointed, but there’s not much interaction between us,” Melendez said. “We’re kind of guys who don’t talk too much s–t and like to fight more. I don’t really want to build a relationship with him. I think he feels the same.
“We’ve had a little bit of words, but other than that, we just keep it separate. Because we ain’t friends. I don’t want to like him, and he doesn’t want to like me, and we’re going to want to beat each other up. Ain’t no joke about that. I just don’t high-five and hug people like other people.”
Melendez and Pettis might be scheduled to co-headline the UFC 181 pay-per-view event on Dec. 6 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center, and they might have spent six weeks in close quarters as they coached opposing squads of women’s strawweight fighters. But perhaps the most meaningful interaction they shared was at a pool party in Sin City, where they discussed the fight’s promotion.
Melendez said he and Pettis agreed that they would promote their fight over Twitter, adding for color that he would “whip his ass and take the belt back to California.”