Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (20–3) is set to face Rustam Khabilov (17-1) this Saturday night on Fox Sports 1. Well prior to hat fight, there has been some tension between Henderson and Greg Jackson. Henderson beat Donald Cerrone twice and also defeated Clay Guida.
Henderson gives his take on the rivalry with Jackson: “There’s not much of a rivalry. Our gym, (The MMA Lab), against Greg Jackson’s gym, I think we’re like 7-0 against them. I’m 3-0, so we don’t really see it as a rivalry. Khabilov is tough. I have to go out there and get my hand raised.”
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.
Jackson spoke about the “rivalry” between the two to USA Today.
Does Jackson feel pressure to have a fighter beat Henderson: “I never really think in those terms. I don’t keep score because we have so many fights going on every month. They are a great team, and it will be a lot of fun trying to fight against him again. What happened in the past doesn’t matter much. It just matters what we do on Saturday.”
Jackson now coach Rustam Khabilov (17-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) this Saturday.
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.