Nurmagomedov on Failed Bouts with Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz

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Nurmagomedov on Failed Bouts with Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Twice within the past month, Khabib Nurmagomedov believed he'd landed a marquee match-up against a top-5 foe. In both instances, though, verbal agreements fell through before a deal could be finalized -- first with Gilbert Melendez, then with Nate Diaz -- and now Nurmagomedov, the UFC's No. 7 ranked lightweight contender, remains high and dry without an opponent.

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