UFC Fight Night 31    November 6, 2013
Jorge Masvidal
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It's going to be hard to ever "bully" Rustam Khabilov at 155 pounds. He's extremely physical at this weight, used to fighting bigger guys -- phenomenal when it comes to scrambles and takedowns in close quarters. To me, the best approach is to fight him small. Stick and move, avoid taking a ride on the Russian's suplex. Jorge Masvidal might have the technical striking to do just that (and we know he has the hand speed), but he can be guilty of standing in front of opponents and trusting his hands too much. That's a concern against Khabilov. The Russian hasn't faced a ton of outstanding competition in his career, but he's solid defensively, physical and his ground skills are legit.
-- Brett Okamoto


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