Rising contender Rafael Fiziev has been booked against a former UFC champion for his next contest.
The lightweight fighter is set to take on Rafael dos Anjos at a UFC Fight Night event on Feb. 19. Broadcast plans for the event have yet to be revealed, but it’s expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
It’s a key contest at 155 pounds, with dos Anjos currently sitting at No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie lightweight rankings, and Fiziev checking in at No. 15.
The matchup was first reported by Full Violence on Friday and later made official by the promotion.
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Fiziev (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is enjoying a very successful stretch in his career. The muay Thai specialist is on a five-fight winning streak, which includes notable wins over Renato Moicano, Bobby Green and, most recently, Brad Riddell. Fiziev’s lone professional MMA defeat came in his UFC debut back in 2019 to the hands of Magomed Mustafaev.
On the other hand, ex-UFC lightweight champion dos Anjos looks to stay in the win column since dropping back down to 155 pounds following an eight-fight run at welterweight. The Brazilian returned to the lightweight division in November 2020, defeating Paul Felder by decision. Prior to that, dos Anjos was mired in a 1-4 stretch at welterweight.
With the addition to the card, the latest lineup for the Feb. 19 event includes:
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev
Kyle Daukaus vs. Julian Marquez
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Stephanie Egger
Chad Anheliger vs. Jesse Strader
Jim Miller vs. Nikolas Motta
Austin Lingo vs. Jonathan Pearce
Mario Bautista vs. Khalid Taha
Chas Skelly vs. Mark Striegl
Nasrat Haqparast vs. opponent TBA
Ilir Latifi vs. Alexandr Romanov
Diana Belbita vs. Gloria de Paula
Jamahal Hill vs. Johnny Walker
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