That didn’t take long. Jorge Masvidal moved to 2-0 in the UFC on Saturday, and he’s already got his next assignment.
Masvidal (25-7 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Rustam Khabilov (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC). FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” correspondent Ariel Helwani reported the news as part of Tuesday night’s episode.
According to UFC officials, the fight will take place Nov. 6, which is scheduled to be a UFC Fight Night billed as UFC Fight for the Troops 3.
Masvidal this past Saturday submitted Michael Chiesa in the second round at UFC on FOX 8, which took place at KeyArena in Seattle. Despite a rough first round in which Masvidal was dropped by a Chiesa left hand, he went on to hand Chiesa his first career loss with a guillotine D’Arce choke.
Masvidal, a former lightweight title challenger in Strikeforce, now has won three straight since his loss to Gilbert Melendez for that belt in December 2011. He debuted in the UFC in April with a unanimous decision win over Tim Means before his win over Chiesa.
Khabilov will look to extend his five-fight win streak, which includes two straight stoppage wins in the UFC. In his UFC debut, the Russian stopped Vinc Pichel at the TUF 16 Finale thanks to one of his trademark suplexes and follow-up punches. At UFC 159, another big takedown against Yancey Medeiros led to a nasty Medeiros thumb injury and a TKO victory for Khabilov.
For the latest on UFC Fight for the Troops 3, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Jorge Masvidal)