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Khabib Nurmagomedov Fires Off Barb at Gilbert Melendez

Khabib Nurmagomedov Fires Off Barb at Gilbert Melendez

For a while there, we all thought up-and-coming lightweight fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov was going to be facing Gilbert Melendez at UFC 170 – a belief Nurmagomedov himself shared. But somewhere between here and there the fight didn’t come together, and now the badass Russian with the spotless 21-0 is searching for the opponent that never was. And he’s taken his search to Twitter.

Clearly, Nurmagomedov is out to provoke Melendez into agreeing to the match-up. How do I know? Because he also tweeted this:

Khabib Nurmagemedov Twitter

Will Melendez take the bait? Considering how much the former Strikeforce champ has to lose and how little he has to gain if he takes on the Russian, probably not. But call-outs are fun, so just sit back and enjoy the show.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    for a change, that’s actually very good

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I have to agree

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah that’s good stuff from Khabib.

    As for Melendez, he had a total of three fights during 2012 & 2013. He essentially fought to a draw against both Thomson and Bendo, and then beat Diego (who hasn’t had a convincing victory in literally years).

    In between there Gil might have ducked Pat Healy, seemingly not wanting to take a fight that presented big risk with little upside, and now might be doing the same with Khabib. So I think it’s only fair that he’s starting to catch a little flack.

    This is starting to feel more & more like how things work with his training partner Nick Diaz. These dudes are very good fighters, who put on exciting fights, and have no shortage of hype as they get ranked among the elite fighters despite not actually having beaten many top contenders. Rather than staying busy and beating top contenders to claim their title shot, they wait around hoping/expecting it to fall into their lap. Funk dat.


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