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Dana White: Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov 'not happening' at UFC 170

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Nurmagomedov is expected to remain on the card against an opponent to be named.

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Easy come, easy go.

previously announced match-up between top lightweight contenders, Gilbert Melendez vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, is no longer part of the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014 inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

UFC President Dana White told FOX Sports the fight was "not happening" and that the promotion is currently searching for a new opponent for "The Eagle."

No further explanation was given.

That's surely a disappointment for Nurmagomedov (21-0), who wanted to fight Melendez -- as well as "El Nino's" Cesar Gracie team mate Nate Diaz -- en route to a future title fight opposite Anthony Pettis. You can see his ambitious fight schedule laid out here.

Time to move on.

Melendez (22-3) is fresh off a "Fight of the Night" performance opposite Diego Sanchez at the UFC 166 PPV last October and has already set his sights on a "Showtime" showdown; however, considering how many people are in line, he will likely have to take fight in the interim.

It just won't be against Nurmagomedov.

UFC 170 will be headlined by a 135-pound women's championship contest pitting the Ronda Rousey against fellow Olympian Sara McMann. The co-main event will feature a light heavyweight showdown between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier while Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald collide in main card action.

Get some.

To check out our the latest UFC 170: "Rousey vs. McMann" fight card and rumors click here.