Fresh Off UFC on Fox 8 Victory, Jorge Masvidal Agrees to Fight Rustam Khabilov in November

July 31, 2013
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Jorge Masvidal UFC on Fox 8 Post_9327Just a couple days removed from his last fight, Jorge Masvidal already has his next bout lined up.

Masvidal will meet Rustam Khabilov, likely on Nov. 6 on Fox Sports 1, according to a UFC Tonight report on Tuesday.

UFC president Dana White has stated that Nov. 6 is the target date for the promotion’s next UFC Fight for the Troops event. It would be the promotion’s third such event, which is typically used as a fundraiser for charities that benefit members of the military and their families.

Masvidal (25-7) is fresh off of his second-round victory over Michael Chiesa at Saturday’s UFC on Fox 8 event in Seattle. The bout was his sophomore effort in the Octagon and he has won both.

Masvidal defeated Tim Means in his promotional debut in February. He was one of the fighters ported over to the UFC following Strikeforce’s closure.

Having fought the majority of his career under the M-1 banner, Khabilov (16-1), like Masvidal, is also 2-0 in the Octagon.

He debuted at the TUF 16 Finale in December, where he knocked out Vinc Pichel. Khabilov followed that with a TKO victory over Yancy Medeiros at UFC 159 in April.

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  • Denny Swain

    Rustam is gonna give masvidal a headache

    • Maddawgmar

      Amen. I think Rustam is gonna drop Masvidal on his head. Him and Nurmagomedov best grapplers in the lightweight division IMO.

      • NOT_racist_if_true

        not best but there talented in there own way…id say if gray manard decided to strictly grapple or gilbert or henderson…but they do have the sambo wrestling background and thats why there so good at grappling.

        • Maddawgmar

          They are way better than pure wrestlers. While I agree they can’t out wrestle a Gray Maynard or can’t out submit a Gilbert Melendez, I say they both are better grapplers. The complete grappling, Sambo is not just wrestling, it mixes judo w/ various forms of wrestling w/ jiu jitsu as well as the striking game. I think they are just a more complete grappler.

          • Uiol Yopl

            Russians olympic wrestlers have spent years working out how to transfer a lot of
            soviet traditional wrestling styles judo and sambo techniques to mix
            with Freestyle and Greco for a jacketless environment.The strongest russian wrestlers are still out of UFC…..

          • NOT_racist_if_true

            exactly… the highest level of mma fighters have wrestling background, jones greco. couture greco,hendo greco,

        • Uiol Yopl

          khabib Nurmagomedov started Freestyle Wrestling at 5 under his father. After he competed in combat sambo.

  • Manuel Lopez

    Masvidal a true warrior man, you guys are not giving him cred… his win (over Chiesa) was impressive and undermined by ufc people… that was the fight of the night imo.

    • Maddawgmar

      I agree he is legit and that was an amazing fight. But he has shown a bit of a weakness to high level grapplers. Chiesa was able to control the first round, and Rustam, like I said below, is on another level of grappler than anyone in the LW division, excluding Nurmagomedov (they are equal in my mind until they fight and one beats the other).

      • NOT_racist_if_true

        agree khabib and rustam…the two russians are the dark horses in this division..and jorge is a warior..natural fighter,but he needs to keep his wrestling game on point if he wants to compete at top 5 ufc.

  • Ian Price

    Rustam is going to win that one. You can bet a small farm on it. I don’t know why masvidal agreed to this silly fight. Masvidal is at least top-15, a great fighter, but Khabilov is an underrated fighter. Probably top 5.