Benson Henderson vs Rustam Khabilov To Headline First UFC Event in Albuquerque

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The UFC has never headed to the state of New Mexico, until now. It was first reported by the Albuquerque Journal and later confirmed by the UFC that former lightweight champion Benson Henderson will battle Rustam Khabilov.

The fight will be the main event of a UFC Fight Night event and will take place on Saturday, June 7 from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was announced that tickets go on sale to the public, Friday April 18. It also isn’t known at this time where the broadcast will end up on.

We last saw Henderson in the cage in January at UFC on Fox 10 when he defeated Josh Thomson by split decision. Khabilov last competed in November at UFC Fight For The Troops 3 defeating Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision.

No other fights have been announced for the card at this time.

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Nate Diaz Tells Dana White And The UFC That He Wants To Be Released From His Contract

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Former UFC lightweight title challenger Nate Diaz has requested to be released from his UFC contract. Diaz took to Twitter a couple hours ago to make his statement.

Diaz last fought in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale in November defeating Gray Maynard by first round TKO. The California native is 1-2 in his last three fights, which includes the title loss to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at UFC on Fox 5 in December of 2012.

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UFC on Fox 10 Post-Fight Press Conference (Video)

UFC on Fox 10 took place last night from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event featured Benson Henderson defeating Josh Thomson by a controversial split decision. The co-feature had Stipe Miocic defeating Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision.

BetweenTheRopes.com was live at the post-fight press conference featuring Henderson, Thomson, Miocic, Donald Cerrone, Alex Caceres, Jeremy Stephens and Eddie Wineland.

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UFC On Fox 10 Bonuses: Alex Caceres Nets Two Fight Night Bonuses

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UFC on Fox 10 just commenced from the United Center in Chicago, IL. In the main event, Benson Henderson defeated Josh Thomson by split decision and in the co-main event Stipe Miocic defeated Gabriel Gonzaga by unanimous decision.

At the post-fight press conference, it was announced that fight night bonuses went to Donald Cerrone for “Knockout of the Night” with his victory over Adriano Martins. Alex Caceres won “Fight and Submission of the Night” for his win and fight over Sergio Pettis. The Wisconsin native, Pettis also received the award for “Fight of the Night” as well.

Caceres netted $100,000 total for his two bonuses, with Cerrone and Pettis scored $50,000.

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UFC On Fox 10 Results: Benson Henderson Defeats Josh Thomson By Controversial Split Decision

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Benson Henderson had a lot to prove heading into the main event of tonight’s UFC on Fox 10 against Josh Thomson. Henderson lost the UFC lightweight title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in August and desperately needed a win.

Round 1

The fight starts with Henderson peppering the jab. Henderson lands a head kick. Henderson comes for a hook and Thomson is able to get his back and takedown Henderson. Thomson takes Henderson’s back trying for a rear naked choke, but Henderson is blocking it. Henderson gets up, but Thomson still has his back. Henderson is able to muscle out and get Thomson in the clinch. Thomson reverses and Henderson reverses back and lands a takedown. Thomson gets right up. Henderson has a standing head and arm choke and takes down Thomson who gets up. Thomson slams Henderson to end the round.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 1 for Henderson

Round 2

The round starts landing a couple jabs and then presses Thomson into the cage and in the clinch. Thomson lands a couple knees and almost reverses the clinch. Referee John McCarthy separates them. Thomson presses Henderson into the cage and lands a takedown and has his back. Henderson gets back up. Each guy is circling each other and Henderson presses Thomson into the cage lands a combination and then a moment later a punch/body kick combination.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 2 to Henderson.

Round 3

Henderson lands a superman punch and that knocks Thomson down. Thomson gets back up, but Henderson takes him down and then Thomson gets up. Henderson lands a body shot to clinch Thomson as Thomson reverses and back in the middle of the cage. Henderson tries a body kick and Thomson attempts a takedown, but Henderson reverses. A body kick is blocked by Thomson, who takes down Henderson who pops back up as the round comes to a close.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 3 for Henderson.

Round 4

The round starts with a body kick and left hand by Henderson. Thomson lands a takedown and working inside the guard. Henderson attempting a triangle choke, but Thomson gets out. Thomson has Henderson in a guilliotine, but Henderson gets up and scores a takedown. Thomson gets to his feet, but Henderson has his back. Thomson reverses and they are back in the middle. Both guys swing and miss. Henderson misses a right hook, Thomson scores a takedown and has Henderson’s back. Henderson gets back up with Thomson on his back.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 4 for Thomson.

Round 5

The final round starts with both guys circling each other as Henderson lands a body shot and Thomson misses a right cross. Henderson lands a leg kick. Thomson lands a right hook. Thomson lands a straight right and trips Henderson. Henderson lands an outside leg kick and then a body shot. Thomson blocks a body kick and pushes Henderson into the cage and has his back. Henderson reverses into the clinch. Both guys reverse the clinch and back in the middle.

BetweenTheRopes.com scores Round 5 and the fight to Henderson.

The judges score it (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) and the winner by split decision to Benson Henderson as he defeats Josh Thomson.

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UFC On Fox 10 Preview Show

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UFC on Fox 10 takes place tonight from the United Center in Chicago, IL. The main event will feature former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. In the co-feature, it is a battle of heavyweights as Stipe Miocic will battle former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga.

Steve talkes to ESPNChicago.com MMA analyst Ray Flores as the guys break down tonight’s show. The guys also go over what the buzz is like in Chicago, discuss the latest news in MMA and more.

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UFC on Fox 10′s Benson Henderson: It Didn’t Take Long To Get Over The (Anthony) Pettis Fight

We talk to lightweight Benson Henderson who fights Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 10. Henderson discusses whether he considered not taking the fight close to his wedding, how long it took him to get over the loss to Anthony Pettis and more.

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Full Episode of UFC On Fox 10′s “Road To The Octagon”

It is fight week as the UFC has the first Fox show of 2014 on Saturday night. UFC on Fox 10 takes place on Saturday night from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The main event of the show features former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson battling former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson.

Before every Fox show, the UFC airs a show called “Road to the Octagon” that highlights the featured matches on the show. The episode features the Henderson vs Thomson fight, heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga and Stipe Miocic and lightweights Donald Cerrone and Adriano Martins.

Check out the show at the top of the page.

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Main Card For UFC On Fox 10 Revealed

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The UFC officially announced that UFC on Fox 10 will take place on Saturday, January 25 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The main event will feature former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson facing off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson. In the co-main event Stipe Miocic will battle Gabriel Gonzaga in heavyweight action.

We haven’t seen Henderson in the octagon since he lost his title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164 in August. Thomson was originally supposed to face Pettis in the main event of next week’s UFC on Fox 9, but Pettis had to bow out due to a knee injury. “The Punk” hasn’t competed since UFC on Fox 7 in his return to the UFC as he stopped Nate Diaz.

The rest of the main card will feature Donald Cerrone battling Adriano Martins in lightweight and in featherweight action Darren Elkins faces Jeremy Stephens.

Tickets for UFC on FOX 10 go on sale Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. CT, while UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. CT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. ET.

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Anthony Pettis To Undergo Knee Surgery in December

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We had reported last week that UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was still battling a bum knee and wouldn’t be able to headline UFC on Fox 9 against Josh Thomson. After seeing a few doctors, “UFC Tonight” reported that Pettis will have knee surgery to repair a torn PCL in his left knee.

The lightweight champion suffered the injury in his title win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. Pettis at first tried to rehab it, then after he went back to training for the Thomson fight, he hurt it again. “Showtime” will have surgery on December 12th out in Los Angeles. A timetable for how long Pettis will be out is unknown, but the normal time to come back from a PCL surgery is six to nine months.

Pettis told the show that he plans to be back by the summertime of 2014. When do you think Pettis will return to the company?

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Gray Maynard vs Nate Diaz Bumped Up To Headline TUF 18 Finale

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The UFC has announced that Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard is the new main event for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on November 30 replacing the Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez flyweight title fight.

The reason Johnson-Benavidez, which was originally scheduled for the TUF 18 was moved to the Fox show was due to UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had to bow out of his title fight with Josh Thomson due to a knee injury.

This will be the third time that Diaz and Maynard have squared off, but the second time officially as they fought each other when they were on the fifth season of TUF, with Diaz winning by submission. The two battled at UFC Fight Night 20 in January of 2010 with Maynard winning by split decision.

Diaz comes into the fight on a two fight losing streak, defeated by Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson. Maynard is 2-2-1 in his last five fights losing most recently to T.J. Grant by knockout at UFC 160 in May.

Usually main event fights are five rounds, but due to this fight being in 19 days, it will be a three round affair. The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale takes place on Saturday, November 30 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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Anthony Pettis Suffers Knee Injury, Out Of UFC On Fox 9 Main Event

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Anthony Pettis will have to wait on making his first title defense as UFC lightweight champion. It was announced on “Fox Sports Live” on Fox Sports 1 that Pettis has suffered a knee injury and is out of his UFC on Fox 9 main event fight with Josh Thomson.

Pettis won the lightweight title against Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August. The Wisconsin native was originally was supposed to face T.J. Grant at the event, but Grant is still suffering the effects of a concussion suffered in June. That was when the UFC replaced Grant with Thomson, who had an impressive return to the UFC when he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 7 in April.

UFC on FOX 9 will take place on Saturday December 14 from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

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Dana White UFC Fight Night 29 Video Blog

The UFC returns to action tonight as UFC Fight Night 29 takes place from the Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The main event features a key welterweight between Demian Maia and Jake Shields. The co-main event will feature another welterweight bout as Dong Hyun Kim faces off with Erick Silva.

Before all fight cards UFC President Dana White releases a video blog to promote an upcoming card and a look back at previous events. The latest blog from White previews tonight’s card and takes a look back at UFC 164 at the end of August.

The card featured Anthony Pettis defeating Benson Henderson in the main event to capture the UFC lightweight title. The co-main event featured Josh Barnett beating Frank Mir.

The video blog takes a look at White getting a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle designed for him and takes a look back at the UFC 164 event.

You can watch the video above.

Here is the card for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 29.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
- Demian Maia vs. Jake Shields
- Dong Hyun Kim vs. Erick Silva
- Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva
- Joey Beltran vs. Fabio Maldonado
- Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce
- Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
- Igor Araujo vs. Ildemar Alcantara
- Yan Cabral vs. David Mitchell
- Chris Cariaso vs. Iliarde Santos
- Alan Patrick vs. Garett Whiteley

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Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thomson Headlines UFC On Fox 9

Anthony Pettis became the UFC lightweight champion a little over two weeks ago at UFC 164 when he defeated Benson Henderson. Pettis has a date and an opponent for his first title defense.

Pettis will be squaring off with former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in the main event of UFC on Fox 9 on Saturday, December 14.

Thomson last fought in April at UFC on Fox 7 when he became the first to ever stop Nick Diaz when stopped Diaz in the second round. The Calfornia native got the shot at Pettis when T.J. Grant announced on Twitter last night that he was still experiencing the effects of a concussion he suffered in June.

UFC on Fox 9 will take place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Here is the updated card for UFC on Fox 9.

- Anthony Pettis vs. Josh Thomson – for UFC lightweight title
- Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
- Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes

B.J.Penn Drops Down To 145, Will Fight And Coach TUF 19 Opposite Frankie Edgar

The MMA world thought we had seen the last of B.J.Penn after losing soundly to Rory MacDonald at UFC on Fox 5 last December. We were all mistaken as the UFC announced that the former two division champion will be returning to the UFC, but this time as a featherweight as he will coach the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter alongside former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Penn and Edgar will then fight for third time at an event that wasn’t announced at this time.

The pairing was announced earlier this evening on “UFC Tonight”. UFC President Dana White said this was a fight that Penn wanted really bad.

“B.J.Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” said UFC President Dana White. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.

“When B.J.Penn gets fired up about something, he goes, crazy, you know what I mean?” UFC president Dana White said. “The kid’s fired up, he’s got me fired up about this, he believes he can beat Frankie Edgar, he can compete at 145 pounds. It’s tough to say no to B.J.”

Penn (16-9-2 in MMA) is one of only two men to win UFC world titles in two separate divisions. The former welterweight and lightweight champion has defeated a Who’s Who of MMA, including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Sean Sherk. His reign over the UFC’s 155lbs. division was ended in 2010’s Upset of the Year, when he was outpointed by Frankie Edgar. “The Prodigy” not only returns to the UFC but also The Ultimate Fighter, after coaching season five back in 2007.

After defeating Penn in two fights, Edgar (15-4-1) established a reputation for lightweight excellence. “The Answer” defended the lightweight championship in a pair of all-time classic battles with Gray Maynard before losing the title on a controversial decision to Benson Henderson. Edgar then dropped to featherweight where he lost to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 156 in February and rebounded with an unanimous decision over Charles Oliveira at UFC 162 in July. Many believe he will join Penn as a two-division world champion.

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UFC 164 Medical Suspensions With Anthony Pettis Out Indefinitely

UFC 164 took place on Saturday Night with Anthony Pettis submitting Benson Henderson to capture the UFC lightweight championship. BetweenTheRopes.com contacted the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services to receive the medical suspensions and official results from this past Saturday’s card.

Here the medical suspensions from Saturday’s UFC 164:

Al Iaquinta suspended for 45 days; lacerations to nose an upper left eye lid
Nikita Krylov suspended for 30 days; mandatory for TKO
Soa Palelei suspended for 30 days; mandatory for lacaerations
Soa Palelei suspended for 180 days; or clear x-ray of ribs
Pascal Krauss suspended for 60 days; mandatory rest for left ankle
Pascal Krauss suspended for 180 days; or clear x-ray of left ankle
Dustin Porier suspended for 45 days; mandatory rest for laceration to left cheek
Eric Koch suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for lacerations
Brandon Vera suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for TKO
Clay Guida suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for TKO
Frank Mir suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest for TKO
Anthony Pettis suspended for 30 days; mandatory rest of left knee
Anthony Pettis suspended indefinitely; must provide clearance by physician of left knee
Benson Hendrson suspended for 180 days or clear x-ray and MRI of right elbow

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UFC News: Dana White Says Anthony Pettis Injured His Knee In His Title Win Against Benson Henderson

Newly crowned UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis called out UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo after his win over Benson Henderson at UFC 164 last night. It looks like the brakes need to be pumped a little bit on that for now.

During the UFC 164 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White said that Pettis’s knee popped during the fight.

“Anthony’s knee popped in the fight,” White said. “So I don’t know what’s going to happen. No sense in even talking about another fight right now.”

Pettis had a limp while walking to the stage and told reporters how the knee actually popped out and stated he will get the knee looked it in the coming days.

“Henderson threw a kick and I went to check with my left leg, and he hit like right in the crook in the knee,” Pettis said. “I felt it go back and forth and I stepped on it, it was hurting a lit bit, when he had me against the cage I was going to put my leg down because it was starting to lock up. I’m not sure what happened yet, I’ll get an MRI. We’ll see what happens.”

The lightweight champion and Aldo were supposed to battle at UFC 163 on August 3, but Pettis had to bow out of the fight due hurting his LCL in his right knee. After the injury occurred and the bout had to scrapped, Aldo’s coach said that Pettis faked the injury to get out of the fight. Pettis stated though, he would love to fight Aldo.

“I’m here to prove I’m the best in the world,” Pettis said. “Anybody around my weight class who’s contemplating coming to 155 or even at 145. His coach said I faked an injury. I would never fake an injury, I’m not afraid to fight anybody. That’s what this was all about. If he wants to fight me, let’s make it happen.”

We will provide with an update on Anthony Pettis’ injury when the information becomes available to us.

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UFC News: Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes, Pascal Krauss and Hyun Gyu Lim Earn $50,000 Bonuses

UFC 164 took place moments ago in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Anthony Pettis defeating Benson Henderson by verbal submission to win the UFC lightweight championship in the main event.

After every UFC event, the UFC hands out fight bonuses for their efforts.

Fight bonuses went to Pettis for submission of the night over Henderson, Chad Mendes got knockout of the night for his win over Clay Guida and Pascal Krauss and Hyun Gyu Lim earned fight of the night for their fight on the preliminary portion of the card.

Each of those fighters earned $50,000 bonuses for their efforts.

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