Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson doesn’t want to wait around and see if he gets another title shot after defeating Josh Thomson.
So, “Smooth” went on Twitter and agreed that a bout with Rustam Khabilov made sense to accept.
Khabilov wrote, “I would be very happy to fight with such a great fighter like Benson Henderson on UFC 173 in May. Dana White I’m ready for big fights.”
Wasting no time, Henderson replied, “seems like no 1 wants to play with u buddy (mysteriously), well I’ll be ur huckleberry…I’ll be ready by June.”
Khabilov (17-1) has scored three straight victories, including two finishes, since debuting in the UFC in 2012. He knocked Vinc Pichel out, and earned a TKO via injury over Yancy Medeiros.
To close out 2013, Khabilov earned the biggest win of his career, taking a decision over Jorge Masvidal.
Henderson (20-3) has lost twice now to UFC champion Anthony Pettis. He rebounded in January to score a decision over Josh Thomson.
Henderson defended the UFC title three times after taking it from Frankie Edgar, including in a rematch with Edgar.
— Benson Henderson (@BensonHenderson) February 11, 2014