Former UFC lightweight contender Rustam Khabilov, who at the time defeated Jorge Masvidal, has signed a new multi-combat offer with Bellator.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke phrase that Khabilov signed with Bellator, noting that Khabilov fought out his deal with the UFC which allowed him to leave the advertising.
Previous UFC stalwart Rustam Khabilov (24-4) has signed a multi-combat deal with Bellator, for each resources. He has received 7 of eight and recently fought out his agreement with the UFC, previous showing in November.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) Oct 2, 2020
Previous UFC stalwart Rustam Khabilov (24-4) has signed a multi-combat offer with Bellator, per resources. He has received 7 of eight and just lately fought out his contract with the UFC, last showing in November.
Khabilov (24-4) fought for the UFC in between 2012 and 2019, racking up a 10-3 document in the Octagon with notable wins around Masvidal, Yancy Medeiros, and Norman Parke, to title a few. He also shed to Benson Henderson, Adriano Martins, and Carlos Diego Ferreira in the Octagon. Prior to preventing out his deal with the UFC, Khabilov experienced gained 7 of his past eight fights such as a decision gain in excess of Sergey Khandozhko in his past battle for the UFC.
At one particular level in time, the 33-12 months-aged Russian Khabilov was ranked as one particular of the leading lightweights in the UFC, but for whatsoever cause, the promotion’s matchmakers seriously soured on him and stopped offering him substantial-degree opposition. Involving 2016 and 2018, Khabilov racked up 6 straight wins but they were all around unranked fighters. He also skipped pounds 2 times, which probably led to the UFC matchmakers dropping their religion in him.
In Bellator, Khabilov could battle at possibly light-weight or welterweight. He proved in his wins around fighters like Masvidal that he is a quality fighter, but way too normally was he written content with winning selections, which is not what a promoter desires to see. If Khabilov is hunting to make a operate in Bellator with any luck , he can start off likely back again to ending his opponents and displaying to the MMA group that he is even now a high-quality fighter and title contender.
How do you feel Rustam Khabilov will fare in Bellator?