ALBUQUERQUE -- Perhaps nothing better embodies Russian lightweight Rustam Khabilov's first foray into the UFC than his official fighter profile page. With roughly 72 hours before his UFC debut in Saturday's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale against Vinc Pichel (7-0-0), the site didn't feature a picture of the 14-1-0 fighter, but a silhouette. The site has since been updated with profile pictures, but Khabilov's reputation remains much like the cache of that page: a blank.
Khabilov might be an unknown to all but the most rabid MMA fans but he's already achieved celebrity status with his Jackson-Winkeljohn teammates. Coach Mike Winkeljohn helps Khabilov step out of the shadows by breaking down what to watch in his pupil's premiere.