When the UFC dissolved the WEC and merged the talent rosters, Benson Henderson (21-4) became the standout fighter of the merger. He started his UFC career a perfect 7-0, including capturing the UFC lightweight title over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144.

Henderson went on to lose the title to Anthony Pettis—the last WEC lightweight champion—at UFC 164. Since that loss, Henderson has gone 2-1 inside the Octagon. Henderson suffered his first loss by KO when he met up against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos.

Rustam “Tiger” Khabilov (17-2) entered the UFC with an impressive 14-1 record. He went on to win his first three UFC fights against Vinc Pichel, Yancy Medeiros, and Jorge Masvidal heading into his fight against Benson Henderson. At only 27 years of age, the sambo expert still has plenty of time to develop under the guidance of Greg Jackson.

If you happened to miss this fight, click the video above the watch the four round fight in its entirety.

The UFC’s next event will take place this Friday, September 5, in Mashantucket, CT. The card will be headline by Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (no. 4 middleweight) vs. Gegard Mousasi (no. 7 middleweight).

Also on the card, heavyweights will clash inside the Octagon when former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem (no.7 heavyweight) takes on Ben Rothwell. The rest of the main card breaks down as follows:

Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis

Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa

Nik Lentz (no. 8 featherweight) vs Charles Oliveira (no. 14 featherweight)

John Moraga (no. 5 flyweight) vs Justin Scogrinns

The six-fight main card will air on FOX Sports 1 starting at 9 pm EST. The four-fight preliminary card will also air on FOX Sports 1 at 7 pm EST.

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