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Benson Henderson Speaks On His Fight With Rustam Khabilov

Andrew Ravens

Rustam Khabilov

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson is on top of the world right now after he beat Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 42.

“It was a great fight. It was a good, fun fight to be a part of, said Henderson. 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.'”

Benson Henderson def. Rustam Khabilov via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 4, 1:16

“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.”

Benson Henderson (21–3) 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.


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