Benson Henderson proved why he is a former Lightweight Champion and the number two lightweight in the world in his fight with Rustam Khabilov. Benson Henderson had control throughout this fight, but makes no means about it, Khabilov brought his A game into this fight and gave us a fight. The end came when Ben with a left hand, they clinch, but break. Ben with a lead right that drops Khabilov and Ben get’s his back which leads to the rear naked choke for the win.
Benson Henderson def. Rustam Khabilov via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 1:16
Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (20–3) 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.
Rustam Khabilov (17-1) Has four knockouts, five submission and eight decision victories. While he has never been finished, but his only loss comes by decision.
Prior to joining the UFC, he was on a three fight winning streak.
He beat Vinc Pichel via knockout at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on Dec / 15 / 2012. In his last two fights he beat Yancy Medeiros via TKO at UFC 159 – Jones vs. Sonnen on Apr / 27 / 2013 and then Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Fight for the Troops 3 on Nov / 06 / 2013.
UFC Fight Night 42: Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov goes down this Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass and Fox Sports 1. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass to the main event fight on Fox Sports 1. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov, the co-main event is Ross Pearson vs. Diego Sanchez. The event airs from New Mexico at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque. The show starts with Patrick Cummins vs. Roger Narvaez on Fight Pass at 7:30.PM.ET. Then switching to Fox Sports 1 with Jake Lindsey vs. Jon Tuck at 8:00.PM.ET and then starting the real fights with the main card with Bryan Caraway vs. Erik Perez at 10:00.PM.ET.