Just when people seemed to be getting excited about the upcoming potential fight between Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 170 Dana White takes it upon himself to bat it away and say that the fight is not on. Easy come, easy go, right? That is how it is with these UFC fights, they get leaked and sometimes they aren’t 100% and then they are taken off of the table completely, so our excitement is unfounded. [source]
Within the span of a week, a lightweight match between Gilbert Melendez and Khabib Nurmagomedov has gone from seemingly official to nixed after UFC president Dana White told FOX Sports on Friday that the proposed UFC 170 lightweight encounter has been scrapped.
“Not happening,” White told FOX Sports when asked if the matchup was on.
White said the UFC was instead looking for a different opponent for Nurmagomedov.