Rustam Khabilov is reportedly off UFC Fight Night London, where he was set to face Kajan Johnson in a lightweight division encounter.
It was Khabilov who announced the news through Instagram:
Here is a translation of what Khabilov wrote, provided by Google Translate:
“Unfortunately, my fight is canceled, a sight with a knee injury, as the trouble comes not one comes, I had to remove menisci and Baker cyst! Thanks to Viktor Petrovich for taking on me!”
Johnson is expected to remain on the card and the fighter announced via Twitter that he is now facing Stevie Ray at the event:
It’s done guys, I’m fighting @StevenRayMMA in London. Just waiting on the contract now.— kajan johnson (@IamRagin) February 8, 2018
Johnson (22-11-1) enters the bout on a three fight winning streak, but has only competed once in the last two-plus years. Johnson has also seen all four of his UFC bouts go into the third round, with two of those fights ended by way of decision. Johnson has gotten the majority of his professional MMA wins by submission, but all of his UFC wins have come by KO/TKO or decision.
Ray (21-7-0) has won two of his last three under the UFC banner, but is coming off of a loss to Paul Felder at UFC Fight Night Glasgow. Ray is also a former Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion, defeating UFC veteran Curt Warburton to win the belt at CWFC 69. Ray has seen four of his bouts in the UFC go the distance and the competitor has a 3-1-0 record in those attractions.
UFC Fight Night London takes place on Saturday, March 17 from the 02 Arena in London, England with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass.