Rustam Khabilov, the Dagestani-born, fighting out of Greg Jackson's camp in New Mexico, sat down with Sherdog.com for an interview. You can see the full interview below.
I had no idea, Khabilov's English was this good, and he also had a few things to say about Ben Henderson, the name-mix up and making game plans (sounds like some Jackson's influence)
"[Benson Henderson] is good fight for me. I don't think is good fight for him. Is good fight for me."
And does beating Benson Henderson make him the #1 contender?
"I don't know maybe, maybe no. I'm number 15 now, I don't think I coming for number 1 if I win, maybe."
The confusion with Khabib Nurmagomedov"
"My last name and his first name little bit looks same...Is okay, for me I don't worry about this. I change my Twitter. I said "RustamTheTiger" because everybody think it is Khabib [Nurmagomedov]."
What to expect in his future fights:
"Not only wrestling, not only suplex. I want to make now new plan, new game plan for every fight. It is not good same plan for every fight. People, I think, like."
Khabilov shocked everyone when he pulled of 3rd round spinning heel kick on a seasoned striker like Jorge Masvidal. And annihilated Vinc Pichel with three suplexes, knocking him out with the third.
Watch Rustam "The Tiger" Khabilov take on Benson "Smooth" Henderson on June 7th as they main event the UFC Fight Night card in Khabilov's adopted hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico.