It looks like UFC 170 just picked up an exciting Lightweight bout. According to the Russian site MMA Boxing, Dagestani Sambo fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov will face former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez on February 22.
Melendez made his UFC debut as a challenger to Ben Henderson at UFC on Fox 7. After 5 rounds, he came up on the short end of a split decision. He followed that up with a fight of the year contender against Diego Sanchez at UFC 166. He took a unanimous decision after three rounds in that fight.
Nurmagomedov has gone undefeated in 21 career fights, five of those taking place inside the Octagon. Most recently, he faced off against Pat Healy at UFC 165. After three competitive rounds, "The Eagle" scored the unanimous decision victory over "Bam Bam".
In the headlining fight of UFC 170, Daniel Cormier will make his Light Heavyweight debut against former champion Rashad Evans. The event will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.