Former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson will face Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC Fight Night 49. UFC officials announced the five-round lightweight fight on Tuesday evening.
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.
Rafael dos Anjos (20-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) was on a tear before entering his last fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. He was on a five fight winning streak from 2012 – 2013, but Nurmagomedov stopped him in his tracks with a unanimous decision loss earlier this month.
UFC Fight Night 49 takes place on August 23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1. This will likely be the main event.