An intriguing lightweight tilt between Rafael dos Anjos (20-6) and Rustam Khabilov (17-1) has been verbally agreed to according to FOXSports.com. The bout is said to take place on Feb. 22nd on the UFC 170 card.
Dos Anjos has been much improved as of late racking up a five-fight win streak over notable 155-pounders, his latest against Donald Cerrone in August on the UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2.
Khabilov has also impressed in his recent bouts. Since dropping a split decision in 2011, Khabilov has won six straight including going undefeated in the UFC at 3-0. Khabilov turned heads in his debut as he KO’d Vinc Pichel by slams. Khabilov’s last fight was a necessary divisional win over Jorge Masvidal which separated the contenders at least for now, pushing Khabilov up the division.
UFC 170 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Feb. 22nd. The event is yet to be given an official main event.