Source: Dos Anjos vs. Khabilov verbally agreed for UFC 170

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

href="http://mmaboxing.ru/news-mma/2613-rustam-habilov-ufc-sleduyuwii-boy.html"

target="_blank">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

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/ufc/story/khabilov-vs-masvidal-spinkick-110613"

target="_blank">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

Anjos.

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.