On his calling out the reporters on press row: "I do my talking inside the octagon. A lot of times, your guys' job is to tell a story and say this and say that, and you want us to say this and say that. … ‘Hey, Piotr Hallman, say this.' You give your questions a certain way. I'm on to your guys' tricks. Don't doubt. We're fighters – we're smart guys, too. We're not all neanderthals. So I'm on to your guys' tricks, trying to get us to say this and say that, and I just want to reiterate, I do my talking inside the octagon. So if any story you want to write, anything you want to say, judge it off my time inside the octagon."
On his win: "It was a great fight. It was a good, fun fight to be a part of. The first round, he hit me with a shot, and I blocked it, like it didn't hit me cleanly, but he landed it, and it pushed me backward. I was like, ‘Damn, you're strong.'"
On the significance off finishing Khabilov: "Getting the ‘W' is the same as all the other ‘Ws.' I'm just after good performances, whether it's a submission or its a knockout, sometimes you guys in the media don't understand what it is to win. Like, I don't know how many times you guys have competed at a high level wrestling or tennis or football in high school or something like that. But you're after good performances, whether you get a knockout off of it or a submission off of it. So tonight, I was able to have a good performance. Sometimes you get finishes, (and) sometimes you don't. That's the way the cookie crumbles, I guess."