Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Gilbert Melendez Match Should Determine Next Lightweight Title Challenger

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It appears a lightweight bout has been booked between top contenders’ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Gilbert Melendez. This bout is set to go down at UFC 170, which comes from a site called MMA Boxing. This is a huge bout for both fighters, as a win surely gives them a chance to fight for the belt, which is currently being held by Anthony Pettis.

Khabib has been petitioning for this fight for quite some time now, and it appears he’s getting his wish. He’s undefeated in the UFC and in his fighting career, and he’s one of the best wrestlers in the sport right now. If he can get past Melendez, he’s proven his right to fight for the belt. He’s already beaten some great fighters in his tenure, such as Pat Healy and Abel Trujillo.

Melendez will be looking to get back to a title shot. His first time for the belt didn’t go his way, as he lost a split decision to Ben Henderson. Many felt Melendez did enough to become champ, but Melendez gets a chance to redeem himself. He’s already on the right path, coming off a sensational war with Diego Sanchez. In this bout, Melendez was content to throw bombs against Sanchez, and he will looking to fight a smart, technical fight against Khabib.

It should be a great war in the lightweight division, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for either fighter. The stakes have never been higher, as they will be looking to get a win for a title shot.

Jeremy Green is an MMA and NFL contributor at RantSports. You can follow him on FacebookTwitter, or Google Plus.


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