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

one another.

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

UFC 170.

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.

Cormier.