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.