Resurgent mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Kajan Johnson will continue his comeback campaign against Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 127 on Mar. 17 from inside The O2 Arena in London, England.
Johnson confirmed the lightweight booking via social media after MMA journalist Farah Hannoun first reported the matchup.
The Ragin' MMA Podcast can confirm our host @IamRagin will compete against @RustamTheTiger at #UFCFightNightLondon pic.twitter.com/cZ9f3Knqh9— Ragin' MMA Podcast (@RaginMMAPodcast) January 5, 2018
Johnson, 33, is coming in fresh off a third-round knockout victory over Brazilian Adriano Martins this past September. It was Johnson’s first Octagon appearance since defeating Naoyuki Kotani nearly two years earlier, so “Ragin’” will be pressed to make up for lost time in 2018.
Khabilov, 31, extended his current win streak to five with a unanimous decision over Desmond Green this past September. “Tiger” holds an overall divisional record of 8-2, including wins over Jorge Masvidal and Yancy Medeiros, so he certainly has the potential to make a run at the top 10 by year’s end.
UFC Fight Night 127 currently has no main event in place, but will feature a light heavyweight showdown pitting England’s own Jimi Manuwa against Polish contender Jan Blachowicz.
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