Round 1: Khabilov opens with a huge overhand right, but Masvidal doesn’t let it faze him, remaining at distance and looking for an opening. Masvidal lands a low kick and moves in, but eats another arcing right hand. Khabilov mixes it up, throwing a jab to the body. Masvidal is having trouble finding a rhythm, while Khabilov works a punch combination mixing head and body. Masvidal moves in, Khabilov shoots, but Masvidal defends the takedown. Khabilov catches a kick and dumps Masvidal, but they’re quickly back to their feet. Masvidal launches a flying knee, but Khabilov catches it in defense. Masvidal is still coming forward, trying to get his punches going, but they clinch up to the end of the round. MMAWeekly scores round one 10-9 for Khabilov.
Round 2: Khabilov keeps firing that big right hand, while Masvidal is just trying to get into a rhythm. Khabilov is bouncing and moving a lot, however. They clinch up, Masvidal landing a knee to the body, but they quickly separate. Masvidal lands a left kick to the body, followed by a punch. Masvidal is stalking more now, keeping Khabilov from launching as many of his own attacks. They clinch up, Masvidal landing a knee, but Khabilov lands a solid shot to the body after they separate. Masvidal shoots and plants Khabilov on the mat, landing a few solid shots on the ground before Khabilov makes his way back to the feet and shoots on Masvidal, eventually getting him to the mat. Masvidal is quickly back to his feet with a brief exchange before the horn. MMAWeekly scores round two 10-9 for Masvidal.
Round 3: Khabilov winging some big left hands now, lands a couple straight punches down the middle. Masvidal answers with a driving straight right hand. Khabilov unloads on Masvidal with a spinning wheel kick to the head, sending him to the mat. Khabilov follows him down, trying to get Masvidal’s back, but Masvidal is a ball of movement, slipping out of Khabilov’s grasp. Khabilov stays on him, going for a choke, but Masvidal escapes and they’re back on their feet trading blows. Khabilov shoots, but Masvidal stuffs the takedown attempt and he shoots. Khabilov ties him up, but Masvidal lands a knee to the body and then tosses Khabilov to the mat, but only for a split second. A minute and a half left and Khabilov is again launching the right hand, hits one and then catches a Masvidal back kick and takes him to the mat. He tries to get Masvidal’s back, but Masvidal rolls out of it and they o back to their feet, clinched on the fence. They topple to the mat, Khabilov in top control, but can’t do much before the final horn. MMAWeekly scores round three 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Khabilov.
Rustam Khabilov def. Jorge Masvidal by Unan Dec (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
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