henderson vs khabilov

UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs Khabilov, 7 June 2014, New Mexico, USA

 Main Card

Benson Henderson def Rustam Khabilov*
(rear-naked choke – round 4, 1:16)
Diego Sanchez def Ross Pearson*
(split decision 27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
John Dodson def John Moraga*
(TKO doctors stoppage – round 2)
Rafael dos Anjos def Jason High
(TKO punches – round 2, 3:36)

Piotr Hallmann def Yves Edwards
(rear-naked choke – round 3, 2:31)

Bryan Caraway def Erik Perez
(rear-naked choke – round 2, 1:52)

Preliminary Card

Sergio Pettis def Yaotzin Meza*
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lance Benoist def Bobby Voelker
(unanimous decision 28-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Scott Jorgensen def Danny Martinez*
(unanimous decision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jon Tuck def Jake Lindsey*
(submission-strikes – round 3, 2:47)
Patrick Cummins def Roger Narvaez
(TKO punches – round 2, 2:28)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
Continue reading for which fights you must see and why!

Benson Henderson vs Rustam Khabilov
We are excited to see Benson Henderson fight again. We really hope to see him compete for the title. If not for the title then at least another fight against Anthony Pettis. That said, if Rustam Khabilov beats Benson Henderson, that would put him in line for a title shot and we aren’t opposed to that either. We used to not like Benson Henderson that much. He was a boring fighter that decisioned his opponents. However, over a period of time, we have learned to appreciated Benson Henderson’s style as it is consistent and effective. Since the merger between the WEC and UFC, Benson Henderson has effectively applied his method in beating top light weights liked Clay Guida, Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller, and Gilbert Melendez.
Rustam Khabilov is a submission specialist and an International Master of Sports in Sambo. Benson Henderson recently earned his BJJ Black belt under John Crouch. Before that Benson Henderson was a stand-out wrestler. We are hoping that putting these two incredible grapplers in one cage will bring out a technical, action-packed, and fun fight.

Ross Pearson vs Diego Sanchez
In stark contrast to the main event, this fight has all the makings of a rock ’em sock ’em slug fest. Both Ross Pearson and Diego Sanchez are phenomenal veterans of the sport that has proven themselves through displays of heart, skill, and blood thirst. Even though we think that both these fighters should retire soon, we are looking forward to this one being a fireworks display for the ages.

John Dodson vs John Moraga
These two flyweight contenders have one loss in common, Demetrious Johnson. They will be battling for another crack at the belt. It’s always fun to watch flyweight fighters given their speed and agility in executing combinations, changing angles and overall movement. John Dodson a little bit more agile and creative of a fighter. John Moraga is a more Mexican style fighter willing to engage in wars and take two punches to give one. Looking forward to this fight being a fast-paced, action-packed match-up.

Yaotzin Meza vs Sergio Pettis
Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of Anthony Pettis. To be quite honest, we aren’t big fans of the Pettis brothers. We like to watch them fight but don’t think they deserve to be at the top yet. We think the only reason Anthony Pettis won the belt is because he has Benson Henderson’s number. We hope to see Anthony Pettis tested in his first title defense. That said, Sergio Pettis is talented in MMA just like his older brother. Spectacular wins in RFA and NAFC, just before entering the UFC. He is coming from a loss to Alex Caceres and we hope he learns from the loss and comes back stronger.

Scott Jorgensen vs Danny Martinez
We have been Scott Jorgensen fans since watching him in the WEC. He has shown heart in all his fights and always grinds out to decision victory. He hasn’t been doing very well and we hope that he is able to pull off a win against Danny Martinez. Danny Martinez on the other hand is new to the UFC despite a pretty long career in MMA. He trains out of Alliance MMA gym, a little more of a wrestling based gym. This may likely give Scott some trouble. If Danny Martinez beats Scott Jorgensen, it would be a significant win for him and could position him well in the bantamweight division.

Jake Lindsey vs Jon Tuck
Two relatively new MMA fighters. Jake Lindsey is an exciting fighter who has finished all his fights either by submission or TKO. He was the VCF (Victory Fighting Championship) Lightweight Champion. Jon Tuck has only eight fights in MMA. However the Cage Inspiration team is impressed with him given his eight second knockout of Eduard Folayang and decision win against Zhang Tiequan. Interesting fight and we are looking out for both these fighters as future UFC lightweight stars.