Rustam Khabilov had a big debut for the UFC this past weekend, scoring an impressive KO win by way of a German Suplex less than halfway into the first round.
The rarely-seen maneuver is a trademark of the Sambo specialistâ€™s and it is the second time he has stopped an opponent with it. The first was back in 2009 during a Russian event, as seen here:
It was a literally jaw-dropping finish and understandably there were concerns for the neck and back of the recipient, fellow UFC debutant Vinc Pichel. But that was from the fans only - as you can see from his tweet, Khabilov doesnâ€™t consider it his problem.
Khabilov is 26 and now sports a 15-1 record. He came into the UFC from Asian promotion ONE FC and has also competed for M-1 and ProFC, the two top Russian shows.
A former member of Legion Sports Club in Russia, which has produced notable fighters such as Magomed Shikhshabekov (who would have been a Strikeforce fighter had it not been for visa issues), Khabilov is now based in New Mexico and trains at Jacksonâ€™s MMA.
His emergence into the spotlight this week hasnâ€™t been all good news however, as it brought to light a video of him shot several years ago in a Russian fast-food restaurant when he throws a drink over a young girl for the amusement of his friends.
He hasnâ€™t commented on the video but it has been on all the major MMA forums and has done him no favors in PR terms.
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