Dos Anjos, currently the number six ranked lightweight according to the official UFC rankings, is coming off unanimous decision victory over fan favorite Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 27. With that win his streak was extended to five straight victories inside the octagon and successfully pushed the Brazilian submission artist into title contention.
Khabilov is currently riding a six fight winning steak, including three straight under the UFC banner, and is fresh off a Fight of the Night performance over former Strikeforce contender Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight for the Troops 3. Now the former M-1 Global champion gets to test his skills against the upper echelon of the lightweight division and will look to cement his name in the top 10 of 155-pounds.
An impressive win for Dos Anjos should move him one victory away from securing a title shot, but a with an injured champion and a muddle title picture he will most likely need one more win over a top five opponent.
UFC 170 takes place February 22, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. A UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira was scheduled for the main event before Jones pulled out due to lingering injuries.