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Gilbert Melendez Meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170

Written by Tom Ngo
December 28th, 2013
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UFC president Dana White didn’t officially announce it, but the rumored lightweight scrap between Gilbert Melendez (pictured) and Khabib Nurmagomedov will in fact go down at UFC 170.

How do we know? Because it was plastered across the official event poster White left behind following UFC 168 on Saturday. White used the picture to report bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was now headlining the February 22nd show against Sara McMann, bumping the light heavyweight shootout with Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier to the co-main event.

The card takes place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Melendez is coming off his instant classic decision win over Diego Sanchez. The former Strikeforce champ collected his first UFC victory in what many believe was 2013’s fight of the year.

Nurmagomedov owns a perfect 21-0 professional record, with his past five tangos coming inside the Octagon. The 25-year-old was last seen in September posting a unanimous decision over Pat Healy.

The 155-pound affair takes the card’s third-to-top billing.

Here is the event’s updated agenda:

Francisco Rivera vs. Raphael Assuncao

Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker

Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger

Thiago Silva vs. Ovince St. Preux

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rustam Khabilov

Demian Maia vs. Rory MacDonald

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gilbert Melendez

Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier

Sara McMann vs. Ronda Rousey (UFC bantamweight champion)

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