Ben Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov live blog: Round 1

Henderson was working an elbow early that the fans were super into. Khabilov didn't care and fired off left hands.

A spinning kick low failed to land from Khabilov and "Bendo" responded with a rush and flurry of punches. He landed one or two but the flying knee finish left him open for a takedown.

He got right back up but that just meant he was in a body lock with the Russian wrestler with big slams.

Sadly, no slam here.

On the reset, Henderson went back to pressing forward. Khabilov swiftly side stepped a punch and landed one of his own. He was hanging around just fine with the former lightweight champion.

Bendo landed a hard left that got a response but Rustam came back with heavy shots of his own. Of note, Henderson wasn't throwing kicks. He went for a flying knee but Khabilov timed it perfectly and earned a takedown with about 20 seconds left in the round.

It closed with Rustam on top.

For more on "Henderson vs. Khabilov" click here, and for complete UFC Fight Night 42 results click here.

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