Gilbert Melendez draws Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170 in Las Vegas
A few hours ago, UFC 170 was looking like a solid card but now
after the dust settled on Saturday night the Feb 22 show is shaping
up to be a huge spectacle to start 2014.
Ronda Rousey will now headline the card against Sara McMann in
the new main event while Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier will now
move to the co-main event slot, and now a third bout has been
confirmed pitting two of the best lightweights in the world against
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, fresh
off of his fight of the year performance over Diego Sanchez at UFC
166 will take on undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC officials confirmed the fight to FOX Sports on Saturday.
Melendez (22-3) will surely be gunning for another title shot
when he steps back into the Octagon in February. The former
Strikeforce title holder came within one judge’s scorecard in April
from becoming the UFC lightweight champion, but instead fell to
split decision defeat to Benson Henderson.
Melendez fired back in October with the win over Sanchez, and
now looks to make it two in a row when he returns in February at
Looking for his own path to the title, Khabib Nurmagomedov
(21-0) has been nothing short of unstoppable thus far in his UFC
career. The Dagestani is currently 5-0 in the UFC, most recently
shutting out Pat Healy by unanimous decision at UFC 165 in
September. Now Nurmagomedov will take a huge step the ladder as he
faces the No. 2 ranked lightweight in the world as challenges
Melendez in February.
Melendez vs. Nurmagomedov will occupy the third fight on the UFC
pay-per-view main card below Rousey vs. McMann and Evans vs.