On Saturday, June 7, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M.

In the night’s main event, former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson locked horns with once-beaten Dagestani Rustam Khabilov. The 30-year-old Henderson had tasted defeat just twice in his last 20 fights—both at the hands of current champion Anthony Pettis. Henderson looked to build off a controversial, split decision win over Josh Thomson in January. Khabilov, meanwhile, had taken the UFC by storm. Training out of Jackson’s MMA, the 29-year-old had run through Vinc Pichel and Yancy Medeiros, and put on a “Fight of the Night” performance against Jorge Masvidal in November.

The co-main event of the evening pitted two Ultimate Fighter winners against one another as season one’s Diego Sanchez faced off with season nine’s Ross Pearson. For Sanchez, the bout marked a homecoming, as he competed in his hometown and aimed to snap a two-fight losing streak. Pearson looked to regain the momentum he had before a bizarre no-contest in October against Melvin Guillard.

The 11-fight event kicked off Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET with a single fight streaming on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Main Card

Former UFC champion Benson Henderson took Rustam Khabilov into deep waters and earned a fourth-round submission finish. Khabilov frustrated the former champion in the opening round with right hands and takedown attempts. Henderson came forward with flurries on the feet in the second frame. Khabilov scored a takedown, but Henderson reversed it and took the Dagestani’s back. Khabilov escaped, but his pace slowed in the third round. Henderson again hit a slick reversal to gain top position in the third stanza. Round four saw Henderson land a beautiful right shovel, left straight combination that dropped Khabilov. Henderson quickly took Khabilov’s back with a single hook and applied a rear-naked choke that finished the fight.

In a clash of Ultimate Fighter winners, Albuquerque’s own Diego Sanchez took home a controversial split decision win over England’s Ross Pearson. Pearson used a crisp, technical striking attack to frustrate Sanchez throughout the fight. Sanchez failed to bring the fight to the ground and absorbed an onslaught of body shots and kicks from Pearson throughout. In round two, Pearson dropped Sanchez with a right hand and flurried hard. Sanchez survived and continued to march forward and absorb counter shots. Pearson landed with more frequency in the final round, yet when the scorecards were read, Sanchez was given the nod on two of the scorecards.

Ultimate Fighter winner John Dodson picked up a second win over fellow former title contender John Moraga with a second-round TKO via doctor’s stoppage. The first round was largely a feeling out process on the feet as Dodson used his speed and footwork to frustrate Moraga. Moraga landed a big right hand in round two, but Dodson turned it into a takedown. Late in the frame, Dodson connected with a left hand and followed with a kick attempt. Moraga ducked to avoid the kick, but Dodson’s knee hit Moraga square in the nose. Blood exploded all over the canvas and Dodson dropped an onslaught of punches, but Moraga survived the round. Between rounds, the doctor’s stopped the fight.

Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos spoiled the lightweight debut of Jason High, earning a controversial, second-round TKO. The opening stanza was very competitive. High scored early with a pair of big takedowns. Dos Anjos answered late and put High on his back. In the second frame, dos Anjos delivered a left hand that stunned High. High wobbled to the canvas and dos Anjos went for the kill. He dropped a series of hammerfists and the referee stopped the action. High quickly protested in disgust.

Poland’s Piotr Hallman got back in the win column, submitting longtime veteran Yves Edwards in the third-round. Edwards connected early with counter left hands, but Hallman was undeterred with his forward march. The fighters traded accidental eye pokes, but each was able to continue. In round two, Hallman’s pressure took its toll on Edwards as he was able to take the fight to the ground. Hallman opened a cut on Edwards’ forehead with a big elbow. Edwards’ conditioning failed him in the final frame, allowing Hallman to take his back and slap on a rear-naked choke to finish the fight.

Kicking off the main card, TUF alum Bryan Caraway upset Albuquerque-based fighter Erik Perez with a second-round rear-naked choke. Perez threw kicks early in the fight, allowing Caraway to catch one and take the fight to the ground. Caraway took Perez’s back and threatened to end the fight early, but Perez defended and scored with strikes on the feet. However, in round two, Caraway reversed a takedown from Perez and again took Perez’s back. Once there, Caraway went to work and sunk in the fight-finishing submission.

Preliminary Card

Rounding out the preliminary portion of the card, bantamweight Sergio Pettis earned a lackluster decision win over Yaotzin Meza. Pettis used his speed and footwork to frustrate Meza early and it allowed him to set up a big head kick in round two that rocked Meza. Pettis smelled blood, but Meza survived. Meza took the fight to the ground in the third, but it was too little, too late for the MMA Lab product, as Pettis earned the nod from the judges.

Returning from a long layoff, welterweight Lance Benoist ended a two-fight losing streak by outworking veteran Bobby Voelker for three rounds. Benoist scored early in the fight with a takedown along the cage and pepper Voelker with punches. Voelker turned the tides in round two, landing a series of right hands and finishing the frame on top. Benoist swung the momentum and fight back in his favor in round three, planting Voelker on his back and mounting him to take the decision win.

Former WEC title challenger Scott Jorgensen snapped a three-fight skid, edging out fellow blue cage-alum Danny Martinez via unanimous decision. Jorgensen dominated the opening round with his wrestling, planting Martinez on back repeatedly. Martinez came out firing in round two, rocking Jorgensen with a huge left hand. Martinez flurried for the finish, but Jorgensen recovered and went back to his wrestling game. Jorgensen’s ability to dictate where the fight took place was the difference in the final stanza, as he took home the win on the scorecards.

Lightweight Jon Tuck handed Jake Lindsey his first career loss in an entertaining battle. Tuck come out firing against the promotional newcomer and rocked Lindsey early in the fight. Lindsey recovered and the pair traded numerous shots to the body in the middle stanza. Tuck landed a big right hand and a takedown to begin round three. He moved to mount and eventually took Lindsey’s back. Tuck delivered a series of heel strikes to Lindsey’s liver that prompted Lindsey to verbally submit.

Light heavyweight Patrick Cummins picked up his first Octagon win, stopping promotional newcomer Roger Narvaez with strikes in round two. Cummins scored multiple takedowns in the opening frame, then rained punches on Narvaez in round two to force the referee to intervene.

FULL RESULTS
Benson Henderson def. Rustam Khabilov by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 4, 1:16
Diego Sanchez def. Ross Pearson by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
John Dodson def. John Moraga by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 5:00
Rafael dos Anjos def. Jason High by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:36
Piotr Hallmann def. Yves Edwards by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:31
Bryan Caraway def. Erik Perez by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:52
Sergio Pettis def. Yaotzin Meza by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Lance Benoist def. Bobby Voelker by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Scott Jorgensen def. Danny Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jon Tuck def. Jake Lindsey by verbal submission (heel strike to the body). Round 3, 2:47
Patrick Cummins def. Roger Narvaez by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:28

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