Rustam “Tiger” Khabilov (22-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) comes into this bout on a 5 fight winning streak beating Norman “Stormin” Parke (23-6-1-1NC MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 84, Chris Wade (12-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 87, Leandro “Buscapé” Silva (21-6-1-1NC MMA, 3-4-1NC UFC) at UFC Fight Night 93, Jason Saggo (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC 206 and most recently against Des “The Predator” Green (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 115. All 5 wins came by unanimous decision. His only two losses in the UFC banner came to Benson “Smooth” Henderson (24-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC in the main event at UFC Fight Night 42, losing via 4th round submission and losing to Adriano Martins (28-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) via spilt decision at UFC Fight Night 61.
Kajan “Ragin” Johnson (22-12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) also comes this bout on a winning streak, winning his last 3 fights. He has beaten Lipeng “The Warrior” Zhang (26-10-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 66. He then beat Naoyuki Kotani (34-16-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 75. Most recently he overcame the odds, returning from a two year layoff to score a comeback third round knockout win over Adriano Martins (29-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 215. Johnson’s only other fight in the UFC was a third round knockout loss to now jailed fighter (for matchfixing) Tae “The Supernatural” Hyun Bang (18-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 174.
This bout will be contested at lightweight (155lbs).
UFC Fight Night 127 live from London, England, United Kingdom takes place March 17th. No main event has been announced yet.