Khabilov vs Masvidal highlights

The scorecards don’t reflect how close this tangle was,

but the Fight of the Night bonus sure does. Two emerging

lightweights who have made their presence quickly known in the

UFC’s talent rich division this year went tit-for-tat in a

exciting three round decision as Rustam “Tiger”

Khabilov got the nod over Jorge “Gamebred”

Masvidal.

Entering the bout both fighters were 2-0 inside the Octagon, the

Jackson-Winkeljohn prospect Khabilov had scored back-to-back KO/TKO

wins and the American Top Team veteran Masvidal earned a unanimous

decision in his debut before choking out Michael Chiesa in July.

The opening two rounds showed how even the well-rounded fighters

were with both giving as good as they were getting, but Khabilov

came forward and pushed the action more than the natural counter

fighter Masvidal. The first was Khabilov’s for sure, but the

second appeared more up for grabs.

In the final round, Khabilov continued to have a lot of trouble

scoring any of his highly-regarded takedowns as the two mostly

duked it out on the feet. What really sealed the deal for the

“Tiger” was a spinning back kick, which caught

“Gamebred” high and dropped Masvidal badly.