UFC Lightweight Jorge Masvidal is coming off a win this past weekend against Michael Chiesa, submitting the previously unbeaten fighter with a choke in round two. The UFC is wasting no time getting Masvidal a fight, as he is in the first match announced for The UFC on Fox Sports 1 event scheduled for November, taking on rugged Russian prospect Rustam Khabilov. Both men are 2-0 in the UFC and both men are focused on continuing their move up the rankings, which should make for an interesting fight.
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Masvidal, still just 28 years old, has been around a long time amassing a 25-7 record. He is a sound bite waiting to happen, and people are going to like his street bravado. Masvidal is the same long haired kid seen fighting in the famous Kimbo Slice videos in backyards, but Masvidal also took his training and preparation seriously and has trained from a young age with the Avellan brothers in Florida. Masvidal has fought all over the world in his career already, including a fight in Russia against UFC veteran Steve Berger (which he won).
Unfortunately for Masvidal, most people remember him for the time in Bellator when he got caught by Toby Imada by a reverse standing triangle choke with a twist, the twist being Masvidal’s unconscious body collapsing to the canvas. But Masvidal is a much better fighter than that and deserves more credit.
It is moments like that however, that could see the line close for this one, and in fact could lead to Khabilov coming in a slight favorite.
Khabilov is a very tough opponent who brings the typical aggressive, go for the throat style that the Russians like to employ. But Masvidal has seen a lot of different styles throughout his career, and Khabilov is unlikely to have faced someone with the experience of Masvidal. Most of his resume is overseas, where the competition is surely extremely tough, but he has never faced anyone with the international pedigree of Masvidal.