Round 1 - Khabilov with a nice straight right to open this highly anticipated bout. The fighters remain patient, and Khabilov whiffs on a right. Khabilov charges forward with a flurry, but Masvidal snuffs it out. Little action early. Khabilov with a short right, but Masvidal avoids follow-up shots. They trade a quick flurry and reset. Nice left jab from Masvidal. Khabilov picking away, but Masvidal is ready and deflects them. Khabilov looks for a takedown, and after some effort, gets a single leg. Masvidal immediately sprawls and is back up. Masvidal unloads a knee to the changepurse, but the ref wants it to continue. Khabilov catches a leaping knee, and Masvidal puts a hand on the mat to avoid a knee. He then drops to a knee before hopping back up. Masvidal catches a straight kick but can't do anything with it. Khabilov catches a leaping knee and has the same problem. Masvidal goes low with a kick, and they close out the round in the clinch. It's close, but MMAjunkie.com goes 10-9 for Khabilov.
Round 2 - Masvidal checks an overhand right. Khabilov continues swinging but missing. However, he gets through a right to the body. Khabilov then checks a high kick. Masvidal lands a low kick and stares down his opponent. Khabilov again throws powerful rights, but Masvidal is ready. Masvidal goes low with a kick again, and he's quick to block the counter. Khabilov clinches, but they quickly reset. Lots of circling and blocking. Khabilov sneaks through a right, but after a clinch, Masvidal puts him against the cage. The crowd cheers Khabilov's blocked punch, and Masvidal glares at them to assure them it didn't land. Masvidal gets the takedown, but Khabilov is quickly back up. Masvidal stays tight but Khabilov shoots and gets his own takedown. Masvidal, though, is quickly back up and fighting off a return trip. Khabilov again gets the fight to the mat, but Masvidal doesn't let him do anything with the position and gets back to his feet. It's another close one, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Masvidal.
Round 3 - A "hip, hip, Jorge!" chant gets us started. (It's the thought that counts.) Khabilov circles on the outside, and Masvidal patiently stalks. Khabilov unloads a crisp head kick, and Masvidal is down. He quickly recovers and ties up a leg, but Khabilov works his way to his back and looks for the choke. Masvidal spins free and to his feet. They tangle and fight for position on the mat, and once up, Khabilov takes his back and looks for the choke. He doesn't have his hooks and moves to side control, but Masvidal quickly backs out. Khabilov throwing tired punches, but he's landing a few. He shoots again, but Masvidal sprawls and fends it off. Masvidal now shoots and gets a single leg, but he can't finish it. Khabilov delivers knees while they're clinched and then a few elbows. Masvidal tries a spinning back kick, but he's wrestled to the mat, where Khabilov looks to take his back. Masvidal smoothly rolls out of it, and Khabilov swarms again. Masvidal escapes, and we're upright again. They clinch against the cage as time winds down. Masvidal looks for a takedown, but Khabilov collapses on top of him. Khabilov takes the final round, 10-9, for a 29-28 win on the MMAjunkie.com scorecard.