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UFC Fight Night 42: Benson Henderson Vs. Rustam Khabilov

ufc fight night 42

Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov

We’ve reached the main event, as former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson meets Rustam Khabilov.

Coming off a decision victory over Josh Thomson, Henderson (20-3) is looking to remain in contention with another win. He is 8-1 since signing with the UFC, as two of his losses have come at the hands of Anthony Pettis.

Khabilov (17-1) is 3-0 inside the Octagon,s coring a pair of finishes over Yancy Medeiros and Vinc Pichel. He is on a six-fight win streak overall.

Round 1: Khabilov catches Henderson in close, tying him up and getting a judo toss. However, Henderson is able to quickly get to his feet. Good flurry by Henderson, but Khabilov responds with a stiff right. Khabilov connects with the left, Henderson forces the action and lands, but gets taken down by Khabilov. Excellent defense of the suplex by Khabilov and he avoids it. Khabilov with a takedown at the end of the round off a kick.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Khabilov

Round 2: Khabilov has him against the fence and is landing lefts and rights. He tries for another throw, but is denied. Takedown for Khabilov, who is hammering him with rights. Modified up-kick allows Henderson to get to his feet and avoid any further damage. Henderson with a takedown and takes the back in the process. Instead of trying to one-up Khabilov with a suplex, it locks in the hooks and has a lock, searching for a rear-naked choke. He tries to transition to a possible armbar, but Khabilov is able to get free.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 3: Khabilov with another takedown, but Henderson is able to avoid any damage by getting to his feet. On the separation, though, Khabilov connects with a nice knee. Kick to the midsection from Henderson. Left lands by Khabilov off the break as they battle for a takedown. Uppercut connects from Henderson and he tries for a guillotine off it, but is denied. Khabilov with another takedown, but Henderson escapes and lands on top, hammering down with a huge right. Half-guard and Henderson is trying to do damage to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 4: Some heavy breathing for Khabilov and Henderson catches him with an uppercut. He quickly transitions to the back and scores the choke.

Benson Henderson def. Rustam Khabilov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:16 of Round 4