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Check out all the information you need regarding UFC Fight Night 42: “Henderson vs. Khabilov,” which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., June 7, 2014) from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The main attractions feature two exciting lightweight bouts, as Benson Henderson battles Rustam Khabilov in the main event, while Diego Sanchez goes to war against Ross Pearson in the co-main event. The main card and the “Prelims” can be seen on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), including the first bout of the evening taking place on UFC’s digital network, “Fight Pass.”
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With many of the top UFC lightweights booked, former champion Ben Hendeson signed on to face an under-the-radar but dangerous opponent in Rustam Khabilov at tonight's (June 7, 2014) UFC Fight Night 42 from Albuquerque, New Mexico. How can each fighter win the pivotal main event? Read our fight preview to find out!
The complete UFC Fight Night 42 fight card will air this later evening (Sat., June 7, 2014) on FOX Sports 1 and Fight Pass. Here's how to catch tonight's "Henderson vs. Khabilov" mixed martial arts (MMA) action LIVE from all available locations.
Diego Sanchez is dangerously close to irrelevancy after losing three of his past four fights, including two in a row. Tonight (Sat., June 7, 2014), he'll try to bite back against his demons once more when he battles Ross Pearson in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, live on FOX Sports 1.
Following a second loss to Anthony Pettis and a controversial decision win over Josh Thomson, Ben Henderson has numerous questions to answer heading into his main event bout tonight (June 7, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 42. "Smooth" now stands in a weird position in the lightweight division, with everything to lose and not much to gain when he collides with Rustam Khabilov later this evening.
Ben Henderson thinks he's headed back to lightweight title contention but a Russian badass named Rustam Khabilov stands in his way. The two will tussle in the main event of tonight's (Sat., June 7, 2014) UFC Fight Night 42 show on Fox Sports 1 from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will serve up UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" later this evening (Sat., June 7, 2014) from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before the action begins, take a look at the special fighters and fights from the FOX Sports 1-televised event who have the potential to haul in one or more of UFC's new performance-based bonuses.
In case you missed it live, here's the replay for the UFC Fight Night 42 weigh-ins in New Mexico.
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This Saturday night (June 7, 2014,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Diego Sanchez and Ross Pearson will square off in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 42, airing live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. EST from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 1 winner Sanchez recently lost a rather lopsided decision to undefeated prospect Myles Jury at UFC 171, a defeat he attributed to ingesting raw beef and quail eggs the day before the fight. You can bet “Nightmare,” who’s ditched his “Dream” moniker prior to fighting in his hometown of Albuquerque, won’t make that mistake again.
He’s lost three out of his past four mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, so the pressure is on the longtime veteran to not only win for his native crowd, but to keep any degree of relevancy in the stacked UFC lightweight division.
TUF 9 winner Pearson was last seen facing Melvin Guillard to a No Contest at UFC Fight Night 30 after “Young Assassin” cut him open with an illegal knee. A rematch was scheduled for March’s UFC Fight Night 37, but “Real Deal” was forced to pull out with a knee injury.
The pressure will weigh heavily on both fighters in this potential “Fight of the Night” candidate. Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for Sanchez vs. Pearson:
Record: 24-7 overall, 13-7 UFC
Key Wins: Nick Diaz (TUF 2 Finale), Clay Guida (TUF 9 Finale), Martin Kampmann (UFC Live 3), Myles Jury (UFC 171)
Key Losses: Gilbert Melendez (UFC 166), Jake Ellenberger (UFC on Fuel TV 1), B.J. Penn (UFC 107), Jon Fitch (UFC 76)
Record: 15-6(1) overall, 6-3 (1) UFC
Key Wins: Dennis Siver (UFC Fight Night 21), George Sotiropoulos (UFC on FX 6)
Key Losses: Cub Swanson (UFC on FX 4), Edson Barboza (UFC 134)
With a propensity to stand in the pocket and trade haymakers, Sanchez has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting fighters in UFC. However, all of the back-and-forth wars have begun to catch up with him, and he’s not really winning all that many of them.
To get back on track in New Mexico, Sanchez might want to return to his solid wrestling and submission skills. Despite his reputation as a banger, he actually has more submission wins than knockouts. Pearson has five submissions of his own, but he’s never scored one in UFC.
Taking this fight to the ground and looking for a fight-ending hold is Sanchez’s best way to make UFC Fight Night 42 a triumphant homecoming.
Pearson, on the other hand, is a well-rounded fighter who knocked out two straight opponents prior to facing Guillard. Despite British MMA fighters known to favor their striking, Pearson has worked very hard to shore up his all-around game.
But sticking to his go-to skillset is probably his best bet here. Sanchez will be willing to absorb a ton of shots to land a few of his own, and that should work out in “Real Deal’s” favor. Pushing the pace with solid boxing combinations will score a ton of points in the eyes of the judges for Pearson.
If he can sprawl out some takedowns and land some good shots in the subsequent scrambles, Pearson could score the biggest victory of his career in Albuquerque.
He just has to be ready to win an all-out war to do it.
“Nightmare” has only been put to sleep once, and he’s going to be as intense as ever in front of his family and friends. It’s not often you get to see a fighter like him in that kind of environment, so enjoy the fight.
Diego Sanchez vs. Ross Pearson is the clear-cut frontrunner for “Fight of the Night” at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque. Will it be a ‘Nightmare’ for Pearson, or will he prove that he is the ‘Real Deal?’
Two men staring at each other in their underwear. This is your life.
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to FOX Sports 1 tomorrow night (Sat., June 7, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But before the cage door closes in "The Land of Enchantment," we've got your full main card preview and predictions below.
Diego Sanchez was a guest on this week's "Darce Side Radio" and the 20-fight UFC veteran had plenty to say about his first-ever UFC fight in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at this weekend's (Sat., June 7, 2014) UFC Fight Night 42 co-headliner opposite Ross Pearson, and also talks about whether or not he has taken too many blows to the head in his career and why he is returning to his original nickname.
This Saturday night (June 7, 2014,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweights John Dodson and John Moraga will wage war on the main card of UFC Fight Night 42, airing live at 10 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 winner Dodson has been out of action since his UFC 166 knockout of Darrell Montague. The No. 1-ranked "Magician" was supposed to face Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9 in December 2013, but was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the bout with a knee injury. He's won six out of his past seven mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts.
He'll face a fighter he's beaten once before in the No. 5-ranked Moraga, who last beat Dustin Ortiz via split decision at UFC Fight Night 35 in January. Like Dodson, he enjoys a healthy amount of momentum, having won eight of his last nine bouts. Moraga has the wrestling to give most 125-pound fighters fits in the Octagon, but Dodson may be an exception to that.
With pivotal flyweight stakes on the line, let's take a look at the keys to victory for Dodson vs. Moraga:
Record: 15-6 overall, 4-1 UFC
Key Wins: T.J. Dillashaw (TUF 14 Finale), John Moraga (Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion), Jussier Formiga (UFC on FX 5),
Key Losses: Demetrious Johnson (UFC on FOX 6)
Record: 14-2 overall, 3-1 UFC
Key Wins: Dustin Ortiz (UFC Fight Night 35), Chris Cariaso (UFC 155), Ulysses Gomez (UFC on Fox 4)
Key Losses: Demetrious Johnson (UFC on FOX 8), John Dodson (Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion)
Training out of Greg Jackson's vaunted camp in Albuquerque, Dodson is one of the most well rounded flyweights on the planet. He's the only fighter to ever knock out newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, no small feat in and of itself.
"Magician" makes his opponents disappear with a frightening mix of speed, striking power, top-level wrestling, and conditioning. He won't get tired and he's never been finished. Dodson is going to set an insane pace on the feet and dare Moraga to catch up with him.
The only way Moraga will be able to do that is with his wrestling. The former NCAA Division I All-American will be looking to neutralize Dodson's pinball-like pace with several takedown attempts, but he'll have to catch him first. He's largely outmatched on the feet, but if he can turn this match into a slower, grinding affair, the scales may begin to tip in his favor.
Moraga has six submission victories to his name and while a seventh will be incredibly difficult to secure on Saturday night, it's probably his only way to finish this fight.
Dodson, on the other hand, has a lot more ways to win, and that makes him a dangerous man.
Both fighters lost to division champion Demetrious Johnson last year, but a big win here will put them right back on the short list of contenders for another shot at "Mighty Mouse."
Two Johns will hook ‘em up when Dodson meets Moraga in Albuquerque. Can the latter find a way to corral the blazing speed of ‘Magician,' or is Dodson simply destined for another go-around with ‘Mighty Mouse?'
Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is set to hit Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M., this Saturday night (June 7, 2014), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.
What does a victory mean for Benson Henderson, Rustam Khabilov, Diego Sanchez and Ross Pearson ahead of their respective bouts at UFC Fight Night 42: “Henderson vs. Khabilov” this upcoming Saturday night (June 7, 2014) in Albuquerque, New Mexico? We explore the consequences below.
This Saturday night (June 7, 2014,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Rafael dos Anjos and Jason High will square off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 42, airing live at 10 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
No. 5-ranked dos Anjos was recently seen, dropping a decision to surging challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov at April's UFC on FOX 11. The pivotal loss snapped a five-fight win streak for the Brazilian, so he'll make a quick turnaround to battle High in Albuquerque.
High has been out of action since his UFC 167 decision victory over Anthony Lapsley. He was supposed to fight Adlan Amagov at UFC Fight Night 35 in January, but a bout with appendicitis delayed his return to the Octagon.
He's won nine out of his past 10 mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, but he'll be faced with an incredibly motivated opponent at UFC Fight Night 42. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for dos Anjos vs. High:
Rafael dos Anjos
Record: 20-7 overall, 9-5 UFC
Key Wins: Donald Cerrone (UFC Fight Night 27), Evan Dunham (UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold), Mark Bocek (UFC 154)
Key Losses: Khabib Nurmagomedov (UFC on FOX 11), Jeremy Stephens (UFC 91), Clay Guida (UFC 117)
Record: 18-4 overall, 2-2 UFC
Key Wins: Anthony Lapsley (UFC 167), James Head (UFC Fight Night 27), Jordan Mein (Rumble in the Cage 40)
Key Losses: Erick Silva (UFC on Fuel TV 10), Charlie Brenneman (UFC Fight Night 21), Jay Hieron (Affliction: Day of Reckoning)
Dos Anjos is a grinder who makes his foes win tough bouts, evident by his 10 decision victories. His striking looked top-notch in his UFC Fight Night 27 victory over Cerrone, but Nurmagomedov proved that stifling grapplers have a chance at shutting him down.
To get back into the win column in Albuquerque, dos Anjos has to stick to his striking. High has been knocked out twice in four total losses, and he's also a highly regarded wrestler. While dos Anjos isn't known for having thunderous knockout power, he should be able to beat High to the punch and outclass him on the feet. If and when he gets taken down, dos Anjos has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu that has earned him eight submission wins.
Having wrestled at the University of Nebraska's prestigious Division I program, High is a bear to deal with on the mat. "The Kansas City Bandit" should be looking for the takedown early and often, as his stand-up game still needs a decent amount of polishing. If he can slam dos Anjos to the canvas and control the fight from there, he'll open up an opportunity to look for a submission.
It won't be easy to finish, however, as dos Anjos has only tapped out once in his entire career. Overall, High is tasked with one of the toughest fighters he's ever faced this weekend, so he's going to have to put forth a wholly impressive performance to get the job done. Avoiding dos Anjos point-centered striking style will help get him there.
After failing to ascend to the top level of the UFC lightweight division, Rafael dos Anjos received a step down in competition against Jason High. Is there any way ‘The Kansas City Bandit' pulls off the big upset, or has he been booked in a bad spot?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Yves Edwards and Piotr Hallmann will face off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 42 this Saturday night (June 7, 2014,), airing live at 10 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A 17-year veteran of mixed martial arts (MMA), Edwards comes in off a first round knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for Troops 3," a result that was eventually changed to a No Contest when Medeiros tested positive for marijuana. If not for the switch, "Thugjitsu Master" would own losses in four of out his last five bouts.
Polish-born Hallmann recently made a quick turnaround and lost a decision to Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 30 after submitting Francisco Trinaldo in his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 28 only a month earlier. The loss snapped a ten-fight win streak, so "Pletwal" will be eager to start a new one this weekend.
With both fighters at completely different crossroads in their respective careers, let's take a look at the keys to victory for Edwards vs. Hallmann:
Record: 42-20-1(1) overall, 10-8(1) UFC
Key Wins: Josh Thomson (UFC 49), Jeremy Stephens (UFC on FOX 5), Rafaello Oliveira (UFC on Versus 6)
Key Losses: Matt Serra (UFC 33), Daron Cruickshank (UFC on FOX 8), Isaac Vallie-Flagg (UFC 156), Tony Ferguson (TUF 14 Finale), Duane Ludwig (Strikeforce: Destruction), Jorge Masvidal (BODOG Fight: Alvarez vs. Lee)
Record: 14-2 overall, 1-1 UFC
Key Wins: Francisco Trinaldo (UFC Fight Night 28)
Key Losses: Al Iaquinta (UFC Fight Night 30)
The 37-year-old Edwards has an impressive resume, but lately the top-level fighters that populate the UFC lightweight division have been getting the best of him. Training out of American Top Team, Edwards is a well-rounded finisher with 16 knockouts and 17 submissions to his name. However, he's also been stopped eight times himself, not a good sign given that Hallmann has only one decision win in 14 total victories.
Edwards needs to use his speed and striking ability to keep Hallmann at range. He should be the faster fighter. Avoiding too many grappling exchanges will be key to defeating Hallmann, who has never tapped out. There's no doubt Edwards has flashy knockout ability, but he'll have a hard time showing that this Saturday.
Hallmann is going to come out aggressive and look to make this fight dirty. There's no reason for him to engage in a technical striking contest with Edwards because it's not likely to end well for him. Using his boxing to transition into some takedown attempts will go far in negating Edwards' striking prowess, as will a heavy dose of nullifying clinch work.
The highly experienced Edwards will be an excellent gauge of how far Hallmann is ready to go in UFC. If "Pletwal" can get past "Thugjitsu Master" in Albuquerque, he'll move onto much bigger and better challenges inside the Octagon.
Yves Edwards is nearing the stretch run of his lengthy MMA career, while Piotr Hallmann is just looking to get his started. Does the flashy Bahamian striker have enough left in the tank to hand the Polish prospect his second straight loss?
Yep, more "Prelims" fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., June 7, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 42 fight week preview party with a full boat of under card matches below.
Before every fight card, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans toggle between possible scenarios and what to expect days before it all unfolds in front of their eyes. Probable outcomes, distinguishable facts and head-scratching theories are all part of the mystique that surrounds the fights on any given night. We ask ourselves the same questions … and try to uncover different answers.
This Saturday night (June 7, 2014,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweights Erick Perez and Bryan Caraway will face off in the opening main card bout of UFC Fight Night 42, airing live at 10 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1 from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
No. 11-ranked Perez was last seen defeating Edwin Figueroa via decision at UFC 167, righting the ship after dropping a decision to Takeya Mizugaki at UFC Fight Night 27, his first-ever UFC loss. Thought to be one of the most promising bantamweight prospects in mixed martial arts (MMA), Perez has won nine out of his last 10 bouts.
"Goyito" is tasked with another tough opponent in No. 14-ranked Caraway, who's been out of action since his UFC 159 "Submission of the Night"-winning victory over Johnny Bedford in April 2013. Despite being known more as UFC women's bantamweight Miesha Tate's boyfriend, "Kid Lightning" actually has some very solid MMA skills.
But will they be enough to topple the talented "Goyito?" Let's take a look at the keys to victories for Perez vs. Caraway:
Record: 14-5 overall, 4-1 UFC
Key Wins: Edwin Figueroa (UFC 167), Byron Bloodworth (UFC 155), Ken Stone (UFC 150)
Key Losses: Takeya Mizugaki (UFC Fight Night 27)
Record: 18-6 overall, 3-1 UFC
Key Wins: Johnny Bedford (UFC 159), Mitch Gagnon (UFC 149)
Key Losses: Takeya Mizugaki (UFC on Fuel TV 8), Mark Hominick (WEC 46), Wilson Reis (EliteXC: Unfinished Business)
Perez is a well-rounded athlete who's never an easy out. Four of his five overall losses have been split decisions, proving that his record could be much more impressive than it is.
Against experienced wrestler Caraway, Perez probably wants to keep this fight standing. "Goyito" has an excellent ground game that's earned him seven submissions, but there's no need to go to the mat with Caraway, a grappler who has scored 16 of his 18 wins by tapout.
Keeping a high volume of strikes in Caraway's face will be paramount to disrupting his takedowns and dictating the pace of this fight.
Caraway will have to prove that he can overcome the ring rust of not fighting for over a year. Perez is a difficult return opponent, so Caraway needs to fight intelligently when the bout starts on the feet.
Hopefully he's been training striking extensively, because his win stats would suggest that he's a bit one-dimensional. However, he's only been knocked out once, making him also incredibly tough to put away.
Avoiding "Goyito's" power shots with level changes and successful takedowns will turn this fight in Caraway's favor. If and when he drags it to the mat, he'll no doubt be looking to secure a lethal rear-naked choke, his go-to move that he's used to win an alarming 10 fights.
Caraway's path to victory is no secret; it's on him to implement his wrestling-heavy gameplan against Perez, who probably knows what's coming.
With the bantamweight division suddenly wide open after TJ Dillashaw's shocking title win at UFC 173, the stakes have been amplified for Perez and Caraway at Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 42. Which rising prospect will pick up a big win in Albuquerque?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is making its mixed martial arts (MMA) debut in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for UFC Fight Night 42, headlined by a lightweight showdown pitting Ben Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov on the FOX Sports 1 network -- with Fight Pass "Prelims" -- on June 7, 2014. See the finalized "Henderson vs. Khabilov" fight card and line-up below.
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