Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Official for UFC 170

December 29, 2013
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Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce Barnett vs. CormierLAS VEGAS – Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov will face each other on the main card at UFC 170, UFC officials confirmed to on Saturday.

The pivotal lightweight match-up will be featured on the pay-per-view portion of the Feb. 22 fight card in Las Vegas.

Melendez (22-3) is fresh off a Fight of the Year candidate with a win over Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. The former Strikeforce champion has only one loss in the last four years, a split decision in favor of Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 7. The fight was Melendez’s UFC debut.

Nurmagomedov (21-0) has yet to taste defeat in his professional career, picking up six of his wins within the Octagon. In his last outing, the 25-year-old Russian fighter went the distance with Pat Healy, earning the unanimous decision in a dominant performance.

UFC 170 is headlined by Ronda Rousey defending her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Sara McMann, and co-headlined by Daniel Cormier making his light heavyweight debut against Rashad Evans.

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  • Great fight for Khabib. Both guys have to be two fights away from a title shot.

    • solo

      Who knows, maybe the winner will get a chance after this one, especially if someone finishes impressively. No one knows whats happening with TJ Grant, and when he comes back i just dont think he will fight for the belt. Thomson is now fighting Benson-tough fight for him. If he beats him he should than fight Pettis. But if Bendo wins, we could very well see the winner of this one fight for the belt. Cause we for sure wont see another Melendez vs Thomson fight, or Melendez vs Henderson. We just can’t deny that it would be deserved. Khabib will be on 6 fight winning streak if he beats Gil, and Gil can take all from Khabib if he stops him, not to mention that he had only one controversial loss.