Well here is something that doesn't happen everyday.
So how does that happen, exactly?
According to dos Anjos, it was a lack of communication between he and his manager, Ed Soares.
"My manager Ed Soares, he was telling me, said. 'The UFC gave you the Russian.' It was a lack of communication. I thought it was the Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is seventh in the rankings. Even though he was behind me, I thought it was a fight that might make more sense, and I accepted. Only two days later in a publication tagged me on Twitter and I saw it was Rustam Khabilov. Then I saw that something was wrong and called my manager, and he said: 'Not Khabib (Nurmagomedov).' But, then I had already accepted the fight. It was lack of communication. He also thought it was Nurmagomedov."
Confusing, impossible-to-pronounce Russian names FTW!
Nevertheless, the fight contract is signed, sealed and delivered, which means that dos Anjos now finds himself putting up his five-fight win streak against an un-ranked opponent.
However, despite not being in the Top 10, Khabilov has proven to be a formidable foe, winning six straight bouts, including going undefeated (3-0) inside the Octagon. While a win over Khabilov would be a great thing, it probably won't raise his stock as much as a fight and subsequent victory over Nurmagomedov would have.
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