Edson Barboza turns down fight with Rustam Khabilov

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A planned fight between Rustam Khabilov and Edson Barboza has been scrapped after the Brazilian lightweight turned down the fight.

It could have been glorious. Few things are as frustrating as finding out how great something could have been. Before it even got a chance to make headlines a fight between Rustam Khabilov and Edson Barboza has been scrapped. While no specific details were given, Khabilov's camp is placing the blame firmly on Barboza. MMABoxing.ru has the story:

Rustam Khabilov agreed to a fight against Edson Barboza at UFC 166, but the Brazilian's camp has refused to fight with the Russian and asks UFC give him another opponent.

Barboza is fresh of a two round destruction of Rafael Oliveira at UFC 162. Khabilov is coming off a second suplex induced TKO over Yancy Medeiros at UFC 159. The two lightweights had been tentatively set to square off at UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III. No word yet as to whether either fighter will still be appearing on the card. Stay tuned as I'm sure a new fight announcement for one of them will be forthcoming.


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