Gilbert Melendez Wants Fight With Khabib Nurmagomedov, Khabib Agrees

October 31, 2013 1:51 pm by bjpenn.com staff 15 Comments
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The bay area fighters are at odds once again.

After a storied rivalry between Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson, the UFC’s former title challenger, Gilbert Melendez has a new AKA fighter on his radar, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The former Strikeforce champ spoke on the potential matchup in a recent interview with FOX LA.

“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. It would be a great challenge, everyone’s hyped up on him. Him and Pat Healy were two guys on winning streaks, and they fought each other and he won. So he’s a guy up there.”

Khabib, a fighter who really wants to break into the number one contender slot, responded to the callout with an instagram shot of the following:

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