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Benson Henderson On What Makes Rustam Khabilo So Tough

Andrew Ravens

Rustam Khabilo

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson is set to face Rustam Khabilo at UFC Fight Night 42, Henderson spoke with Submission Radio on why Khabilo tough.

“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 a 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.”

Henderson has 2 knockouts, 8 submissions and 10 decision victories in his MMA career. Prior to losing the UFC Lightweight belt, he was on a seven fight winning streak. In his last four fights, he is 3-1. He beat Nate Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 5 – Henderson vs. Diaz on Dec / 08 / 2012 and then beat Gilbert Melendez via split decision at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. He lost his title against Anthony Pettis armbar at UFC 164 – Henderson vs. Pettis 2 on Aug / 31 / 2013. In his last fight he beat Josh Thomson via split decision at UFC on Fox 10 – Henderson vs. Thomson on Jan / 25 / 2014.

“He’s (Khabilo) shown improvement in every fight, so me knowing that, me knowing that Jackon’s camp, Greg Jackon and how good that camp is, how good all those fighters are, I know he’ll be a better fighter. This’ll be the best Rustam Khabilov that the UFC has ever seen. So I’m preparing for my best and my best performance so that I can go five rounds, hard, and go out there and show up and show out” Benson Henderson said to Submission Radio.

The two fighters meet on June 7th.


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