UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 stays in the lightweight division as Rustam Khabilov took on Jorge Masvidal in the night’s second main card fight. The bout would see the two men battle it out over the course of three rounds with the Dagestani coming out on top over the former Strikeforce contender.
Khabilov Edges Masvidal in Hard-Hitting Battle
Dagestani fighter Rustam Khabilov would secure the biggest victory of his career over Jorge Masvidal tonight at UFC Fight for the Troops 3. While largely known for his grappling prowess, Khabilov was forced to rely on a vastly improving striking game as Masvidal’s underrated wrestling game frustrated the Dagestani fighter for much of the fight. The fight’s most significant strike landed in the third, as Khabilov connected with a spinning back kick to the throat/jaw of Masvidal that dropped the Cuban-American. Masvidal held on though and certainly made it a tough fight.
Khabilov is now 3-0 in the Octagon and has won six straight fights since his only career loss to Ruslan Khaskhanov in 2010. The loss snaps a three-fight win streak Masvidal but his performance was still strong tonight at Fort Campbell.
Rd. 1- Big overhand right from Khabilov to start the action. Another right by Khabilov counters Masvidal and he lands another combo coming forward. Legkick by Masvidal. Another right by Khabilov. Body kick by the Dagestani. Step-in back elbow by Khabilov. Nice jab by Masvidal and he eats a combo on the return. Khabilov ducks a punch and works a takedown but Masvidal defends and lands a body kick. Another good body kick by Masvidal and he lands a flying knee but is taken down and uses the hand down to prevent knees to the head. Masividal connects on a pair of knees on the break. Flying knee by Masvidal. Kick by Khabilov is caught but he recovers. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Masvidal.
Rd. 2- Khabilov is aggressive to start the round. Left hook by Khabilov and he lands a counter right as Masvidal returns fire. Legkick by Masvidal. Body to overhand right by Khabilov and Masvidal with a jab. Hard knee by Masvidal as Khabilov clinches and he works out. Left to the body by Masvidal. Khabilov is over shooting with his right now. Clinch by both men and Masvidal has control as he lands some knees. Hard combo by Khabilov on the break and Masvidal lands a trip as they clinch. Volley of elbows by Masvidal but Khabilov works back up. Khabilov with his own takedown but Masvidal plays the game to work back up and then uses a reshot to escape. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Masvidal (20-18).
Rd. 3- Khabilov using more kicks now and he lands some hooks as well. Nice right by Masvidal. Spinning back headkick by Khabilov floors Masvidal! Khabilov pounces and takes his back. Masvidal escapes and tries a takedown of his own that Khabilov defends. Khabilov tries a no hooks choke but doesn’t get it. Masvidal is coming forward but Khabilov is still landing. Both men are tired. Masvidal with a single but he gives it up and throws a knee to the body. Masividal trips Khabilov but he escapes. Overhand rights by Khabilov with under 90-ticks left. Masvidal tries the spinning kick and is taken down. Masvidal uses a Granby roll to escape and Khabilov clinches. Masvidal tries a takedown but Khabilov stuffs it and he just starts pounding the body before Masvidal stands. Both men are exhausted as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Khabilov but the fight 29-28 Masvidal. Could go either way though.
Rustam Khabilov def. Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,30-27)