Rustam Khabilov


Improved to 7-1 in last eight bouts
November 9, 2019
Khabilov defeated Sergey Khandozhko via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
It was a typical Khabilov fight in the sense that it was slow paced, not particularly entertaining to watch, and that he emerged victorious. Struggling on the feet and seeing an opening to implement his wrestling game, Khabilov fired off 12 takedown attempts. He landed only four of them, but that was enough to earn the judge's decision. Khabilov is an interesting fighter to get a read on. On one hand, he is sporting a 7-1 record dating back to February 2016. On the other, most of the victories have come against poor competition, they have all come via decision, and the only time he went up against a talented opponent -- Diego Ferreira in his most recent fight in February -- he lost. The UFC needs to be careful about who they match Khabilov up against moving forward. His strong record doesn't reflect his future potential.
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Will fight at UFC Moscow
October 14, 2019
Khabilov will take on Sergey Khandozhko in a lightweight bout at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, reports.
Khabilov is coming off a loss to Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 145 in February, while Khandozhko's last fight was a defeat of Rostem Akman via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 153. Khabilov has a 23-4 record as a professional fighter, although Khandozhko carries a height advantage and a slight reach advantage.
Has no answers for opponent in loss
February 23, 2019
Khabilov lost to Diego Ferreira via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
Khabilov was unable to get his wrestling game going in this one, forcing him to have a kickboxing match with the quicker, more active striker in Ferreira. The Russian fighter had mounted an impressive win streak by virtue of being the more physical control grappler but is a slow-paced counter-fighter on the feet, which simply wasn't good enough Saturday. Khabilov will likely be able to control his opponent in most fights but he needs to add some fluidity to his standup game in order to reach the next level. He falls to 23-4 in proffesional MMA as a result of the loss.
Fight will proceed
February 22, 2019
Khabilov will still fight Diego Ferreira at UFC Prague on Saturday despite Ferreira missing weight by one pound, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Ferreira will forfeit over 20 percent of the purse in order for the fight to continue. Khabilov has won his past six fights and enters Saturday's bout as the favorite.
Facing Diego Ferreira in Prague
January 18, 2019
Khabilov will take on Diego Ferreira at UFC Prague on Feb. 23, reports.
The Russian is riding a six-bout winning streak, with all six victories coming by decision. He most recently won a split decision over Kajan Johnson at UFC Fight Night 136 in September. His opponent's winning streak sits at three matches, with the most recent pair coming via TKO.
Wins close decision in Moscow
September 15, 2018
Khabilov defeated Kajan Johnson via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Moscow on Saturday.
This was a very close fight. Khabilov had a hard time tracking Johnson down and getting takedowns in the early part of the fight. In the second round he was finally able to land a takedown and fought off multiple submission attempts from Johnson. He was able to land good ground-and-pound and finished the round on top. The Russian was out-struck in the third round, but landed a takedown about halfway through the round. He fought off more submission attempts from Johnson's guard and opened up a cut on the Canadian. The late takedown and damage likely swung the fight in favor of Khabilov.