The battle of the Rafaels is on at UFC Fight Night 201 in February.
Former lightweight champion and current No. 6 Rafael dos Anjos (30-13-0) will meet up-and-coming No. 11 Rafael Fiziev (11-1-0) that on paper is an excellent opportunity for Fiziev to leapfrog in the rankings.
Dos Anjos, 37, initially called out Tony Ferguson, but “El Cucuy” had other ideas. Fiziev finally garnered the attention of Dos Anjos, who is looking to make another run in the twilight of his career.
Meanwhile, dos Anjos is easily Fiziev’s biggest profile matchup in the octagon thus far. He has won five in a row but a victory here would likely elevate him close to the top five in the rankings.
UFC Fight Night 201 is scheduled for Feb. 19 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Scheduled bouts include:
#6 RAFAEL DOS ANJOS (30-13-0) VS. #11 RAFAEL FIZIEV (11-1-0)
JESSE STRADER (5-2-0) VS. CHAD ANHELIGER (11-5-0)
#10 JOHNNY WALKER (18-6-0) VS. #12 JAMAHAL HILL (9-1-0)
JULIAN MARQUEZ (9-2-0) VS. KYLE DAUKAUS (10-2-0)
JONATHAN PEARCE (11-4-0) VS. AUSTIN LINGO (9-1-0)
MARIO BAUTISTA (8-2-0) VS. KHALID TAHA (13-4-0)
ILIR LATIFI (15-5-0) VS. ALEXANDER ROMANOV (15-0-0)
JIM MILLER (33-16-0) VS. NIKOLAS MOTTA (12-3-0)
JESSICA-ROSE CLARK (11-6-0) VS. STEPHANIE EGGER (6-2-0)
CHAS SKELLY (18-3-0) VS. MARK STRIEGL (18-3-0)
DIANA BELBITA (14-6-0) VS. GLORIA DE PAULA (5-4-0)
More bouts are expected to be announced.