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.
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