A lightweight battle pitting No. 6-ranked fighter Rafael Dos
Anjos against rising Russian star Rustam Khabilov is expected to go
down on Feb. 22 at UFC
170 in Las Vegas.
The fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup according to
sources close to the situation speaking to FOX Sports on Monday,
although at this stage bout agreements have not been issued by the
UFC. The rumored fight was first reported by Russian site MMABoxing.ru.
A winner of five fights in a row, Rafael Dos Anjos has gone from
middle of the road lightweight to a top ten fighter over the last
year and a half. Most recently he soundly defeated Donald ‘Cowboy’
Cerrone to cement his spot in the rankings as he starts looking
toward title contention in the next year.
Hoping to steal his thunder is Russian import Rustam Khabilov,
who accepts the bout on a six fight win streak overall and a
perfect 3-0 in the UFC. Khabilov put on an exciting performance in
his last fight, beating tough as nails lightweight contender Jorge
Masvidal in a Fight Of The Night performance.
Now it appears Khabilov will get the chance to take a major step
forward in the division facing a fighter the caliber of Dos
As of now, UFC officials haven’t confirmed the bout between
Khabilov and Dos Anjos, but the fight is the first rumored matchup
for the upcoming UFC 170 card taking place on Feb 22. Originally,
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was set to defend his
title against Glover Teixeira on the card, but lingering injuries
forced the fight to be delayed until a different date.