UFC Fight Night Weigh-In Results: Benson Henderson, Rustam Khabilov Get Green Light

By Brian Knapp Jun 6, 2014
Benson Henderson hungers for hardware that once belonged to him.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight titleholder tipped the scales at 155.5 pounds for his five-round clash with the once-beaten Rustam Khabilov (156) in the UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Khabilov” main event on Saturday at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. Lightweight co-headliners Diego Sanchez (155) and Ross Pearson (155.5) also met their contracted weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Henderson, 30, has rattled off 18 wins in his past 20 outings, losing only to reigning UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. “Smooth” last fought at UFC on Fox 10 in January, when he eked out a controversial split decision over Josh Thomson at the United Center in Chicago. An NAIA All-American wrestler at Dana College in Nebraska, Henderson operates out of the MMA Lab, where he holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Royce Gracie disciple John Crouch. He has compiled an 8-1 record since arriving in the UFC in April 2011.

Anchored at the Jackson-Wink MMA camp, Khabilov will enter the cage on a six-fight winning streak. The 27-year-old Dagestani brute last competed at UFC Fight Night “Fight for the Troops 3” in November, when he earned a unanimous verdict over Jorge Masvidal at Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville, Ky. A onetime combat sambo world champion, “Tiger” has secured more than half (nine) of his 17 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. Khabilov owns a perfect 3-0 mark inside the Octagon.

UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Khabilov” -- which airs live on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT -- will also feature a flyweight tilt pitting “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 14 winner John Dodson (125) against John Moraga (126), a bantamweight scrap matching Erik Perez (136) with Bryan Caraway (135) and a pair of lightweight battles, as Rafael dos Anjos (156) meets Jason High (154.5) and American Top Team’s Yves Edwards (155) faces Piotr Hallmann (154).

Two hours prior, Fox Sports 1 will carry four preliminary bouts: Sergio Pettis (135) vs. Yaotzin Meza (136), Bobby Voelker (170.5) vs. Lance Benoist (169), Scott Jorgensen (125.5) vs. Danny Martinez (124.5) and Jon Tuck (154.5) vs. Jake Lindsey (153.5). The lone remaining undercard matchup will stream to UFC Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, as Patrick Cummins (204) collides with Roger Narvaez (204).

Benson Henderson (155.5) vs. Rustam Khabilov (156)
Diego Sanchez (155) vs. Ross Pearson (155.5)
John Dodson (125) vs. John Moraga (126)
Rafael dos Anjos (156) vs. Jason High (154.5)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Piotr Hallmann (154)
Erik Perez (136) vs. Bryan Caraway (135)
Sergio Pettis (135) vs. Yaotzin Meza (136)
Bobby Voelker (170.5) vs. Lance Benoist (169)
Scott Jorgensen (125.5) vs. Danny Martinez (124.5)
Jon Tuck (154.5) vs. Jake Lindsey (153.5)
Patrick Cummins (204) vs. Roger Narvaez (204)


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