Gilbert Melendez is coming off a brilliant performance against Diego Sanchez, one that showed his heart and will to win. The fight was a battle for three straight rounds and at the end of the day, Melendez was able to come out victorious. He is now the second-best lightweight in the world and is looking to fight for the belt.
Currently, lightweight champ Anthony Pettis is set to defend his belt against Josh Thomson, so Melendez is looking to get back into action until he can fight for the belt. Evidently, he wants Khabib Nurmagomedov, a fighter who has been on an impressive win streak. In an interview with FOX LA, Melendez shared his thoughts concerning his next opponent:
“I know this up-and-comer by the name of Khabib, I think people would like to see that match up. You know, he’s not the biggest name so business-wise it’s probably not the best move, but I’m intrigued by it.”
Khabib responded via Instagram, making a poster that featured him and Melendez for UFC 169. Both fighters are elite, which would make this a huge bout in the lightweight division. The winner would certainly be next in line to fight for the belt, and it has the makings to be a war. Khabib is arguably one of the best wrestlers in the division right now and he sports a perfect record of 21-0.
Both Melendez and Khabib would press the action against each other, so it would be an entertaining five-round fight if the UFC wants to book it.