Jorge Masvidal isn't playing around.
The streaking Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight fighter does not want to get embarrassed by Rustam Khabilov on the UFC Fight Night 31 main card, which airs on FOX Sports 1 this Wednesday night (Nov. 6, 2013) from the Ft. Campbell military base in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (preview).
It's not losing that "Gambred" is worried about, it's the Russian's slam.
Khabilov earned himself a spot on the UFC highlight reels by suplexing Vinc Pichel in a technical knockout win over "From Hell" last December. But Masvidal (via Sherdog.com) is not impressed by victories over opponents he doesn't even consider to be "decent."
"I haven't' seen him fight anybody I would call a top fighter or even a decent fighter. I don't care what he's done or to who he's done it, he's never fought me. I hope he thinks he can come suplex me. Really. I hope he's relying on that suplex. He's gonna find out I'm not easy to take down or hold down. If I get launched? He better hope my neck breaks on impact because if I get up, I'm gonna try to knock his (expletive) head out of the cage. If I get embarrassed like that, I'm gonna kill him.I'm gonna find a way to hurt him bad."
Masvidal is fresh off a submission win over Michael Chiesa as part of the UFC on FOX 8 event last July, strangling the bearded brawler with just one second remaining in the second round. It marked his second consecutive Octagon win since coming over from Strikeforce earlier this year.
He's not the only one.
Khabilov is also perfect inside the cage since his promotional debut in late 2012. After "Tiger" destroyed Pichel at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 Finale, he followed it up with a technical knockout win over Yancy Medeiros at UFC 159 back in April when "Frisson" mangled his thumb.
Suplexes, broken necks and death threats ... it's like Fight for the Troops 1 all over again.