Apr 20, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Gilbert Melendez prepares to fight against Benson Henderson (not pictured) during the lightweight championship bout of the UFC on Fuel TV at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Gilbert Melendez meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170...not yet

Update: UFC President Dana White has said the fight between Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170 is not official. 

Coming off a “Fight of the Year” performance against Diego Sanchez, former Strikeforce Lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will face undefeated Russian star Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170, Feb. 22, 2014.

UFC officials announced the match following UFC 168.

This should be an exciting match. Both fighters have great grappling; however Melendez has the edge in striking and overall experience, specifically when it comes to fighting a higher class of opponents.

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UFC 170, the road so far…
Women’s Bantamweight championship bout
Ronda Rousey (champion) vs. Sara McMann

Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier

Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov

Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger

Raphael Assunção vs. Francisco Rivera

Robert Whittaker vs. Stephen Thompson


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