UFC Quick Quote: It's not a stereotype -- it's a fact -- Rustam Khabilov is a tough kid

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Tough enough to outlast the ex-champ? That remains to be seen.

"Rustam's very tough, man. We all know those Russians, they're very tough. You know they're known as a people as being tough, the stereotype, so to speak. But he proves it inside the Octagon, as well. It's not just a stereotype for him, but it's fact. He's a tough kid. (He's been) working on his wrestling. His wrestling, his Sambo is his background (and) he's really good at it. So he's been at (Greg) Jackson's now for a while working on improving his overall game of course. His boxing, his kickboxing, his overall game, working on everything, and he's getting better. He's shown improvement in every fight, so me knowing that, me knowing that Jackson's camp, Greg Jackson and how good that camp is, how good all those fighters are, I know he'll be a better fighter. This will be the best Rustam Khabilov that the UFC has ever seen."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Ben Henderson has glowing praise for his UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" opponent Rustam Khabilov (via Submission Radio), who tries to rough up "Smooth" in the FOX Sports 1 mixed martial arts (MMA) event this Saturday night (June 7, 2014) inside Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico (see the full fight card here). That could be easier said than done, since their 155-pound headliner is scheduled for five rounds, something Henderson can do without breaking a sweat ... for better or for worse. Any fight fans out there picking the "tough kid" in the upset?

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