UFC Fight Night 127 doesn’t have an official main event yet, but it does have a lightweight addition.
On Tuesday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced a 155-pound contest between Canadian Kajan Johnson and Russia’s Rustam Khabilov for UFC Fight Night 127. The contest was initially reported last Friday by journalist Farah Hannoun via Twitter.
UFC Fight Night 127 is scheduled for March 17 at the O2 Arena in London, England. No headliner has been announced yet, but uast week, the promotion announced a light heavyweight rematch between Jan Blachowiczz and Jimi Manuwa for the bill. Manuwa headlined the UFC’s last card in London, knocking out Corey Anderson in the first round at UFC Fight Night 107 last March.
Johnson, 33, boasts nearly 16 years of pro MMA experience. After a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations,” Johnson made an unsuccessful UFC debut in June 2014, suffering a devastating knockout loss to South Korean Tae Hyun Bang. Since, “Ragin’ Kajan” has won three in a row, taking decisions over Lipeng Zhang and Naoyuki Kotani before knocking out Adriano Martins at UFC 215 in September.
The 31-year-old Khabilov hasn’t lost since his own encounter with the aforementioned Martins, losing a split decision to the Brazilian in February 2015. Since then, “Tiger” has hammered out five straight unanimous decisions in the Octagon, most recently topping Desmond Greenthis past September at UFC Fight Night 115 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.