tuf16finale Rustam KhabilovTalented Russian prospect Rustam Khabilov has his next assignment. The Dagestani fighter will face newcomer Yancy Medeiros at UFC 159 this April. The UFC announced the pairing yesterday via twitter.

Khabilov announced his presence with authority at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, slamming Vinc Pichel into unconsciousness. His opponent, Hawaiian wrestler Yancy Medeiros, is an undefeated former Strikeforce middleweight making his lightweight debut versus the Jackson’s MMA prospect.

UFC 159 is set for the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The card will be headlined by a matchup of The Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. The card will take place April 27 and tickets went on sale last week.

UFC 159 Fight Card

  • UFC Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Jon Jones (c) vs. Chael Sonnen
  • Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
  • Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
  • Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
  • James Head vs. Nick Catone
  • Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor
  • Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros