Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev will finally look to meet in the octagon with the lightweights agreeing to a five-round main event showdown at the upcoming UFC card scheduled on July 9.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that verbal agreements are in place for the fight. ESPN initially reported the booking.
As at now there is no place or venue available for July 9..
Technically, this is actually the third time that the lightweights are scheduled to meet. They had previously been booked for February and March. Due to visa problems, Fiziev had to postpone his return to America.
Sadly, Fiziev then had to drop out of the fight entirely after he contracted COVID-19 ahead of UFC 272. Dos Anjos stayed on the card and picked up a unanimous decision win over Renato Moicano, which moved him to 2-0 since returning to the lightweight division.
Lately, dos Anjos has been anxiously awaiting word on his next fight but he won’t have to sit idly by any longer with the matchup with Fiziev expected to headline the UFC event scheduled on July 9.
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck contributed this report.