Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev booked for Feb. 19 UFC Fight Night

    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 itโ€™s expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

    Itโ€™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 Violenceย on Friday and later made official by the promotion.

    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. Fizievโ€™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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