It's time for another edition of Buzzfeed, breaking down UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov," which takes place TONIGHT (Sat., June 7, 2014) from Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here is everything you need to know about the mixed martial arts (MMA) event that takes place later this evening.
Without further ado, let's get to it.
Who: Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov
What: UFC Fight Night 42
When: June 7, 2014
Where: Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why It Matters: There are four lightweight fights on the main card, signaling a potential change in the UFC ranking system on Monday morning.
This event isn't going to provide us with anything historical, apart from a couple of noteworthy bouts.
What's Hot: Apart from Albuquerque in general, the two feature lightweight contests should be a lot of fun, while the rest of the main card is a satisfactory offering from our favorite promotion.
Also, this card is giving the fighters who compete in the lower weight classes a chance to shine, since the heaviest weight class on the entire FOX Sports 1 (FS1) broadcast is the 170-pound division (including the televised "Prelims").
What's Not: Technically, this is the third UFC card in seven days, and although nobody is tying you up like Jigsaw's accomplices in Saw and forcing you to watch, it raises concerns about how much volume we truly need if the fights aren't exactly marquee match ups.
We can't forget about our love for the sport, but this is beginning to look more and more like an actual sports league, which is hard to follow when you can't name most of the athletes on one team.
New Blood: There are two fresh faces you need to familiarize yourself with tonight.
Jake Lindsey will be making his Octagon debut, after going 9-0 on the regional scene, which include two appearances in Titan FC. All of the lightweight's victories have come by way of stoppage except for two unanimous decisions on his record, and he will be opening up the FS1 televised "Prelims."
Roger Narvaez is also undefeated, making his promotional debut in the very first fight of the night, broadcast on UFC Fight Pass. The light heavyweight has competed in Legacy FC once, and his record stands at 6-0, with five stoppage victories.
Original Card vs. Actual Card: There weren't too many cancellations for this fight card, except for two contests on the "Prelims" that needed a bit of reshuffling with both individuals just mentioned in the "New Blood" portion.
Yosdenis Cedeno had to pull out of his bout against Jon Tuck due to injury, with Lindsey taking his place.
The ultimate coffee grinder Patrick Cummins was supposed to take on Francimar Barroso in the first fight of the night, but Narvaez has replaced the Brazilian after he suffered an injury, as well.
How The "Prelims" Look: They aren't mesmerizing, and the five fights taking shape on the undercard begs us to ask the question if something akin to the Strikeforce: "Challengers" series would work for UFC.
The "Prelims" will be headlined by bantamweight prospect Sergio Pettis, who looks for his second UFC win against Yaotzin Meza. The lightweight champion's little brother is currently 1-1 in the Octagon.
Bobby Voelker dukes it out against Lance Benoist in the welterweight division, while Scott Jorgensen battles Danny Martinez in a flyweight battle. Rounding up the undercard is Tuck vs. Lindsey and Cummins vs. Narvaez.
Who Needs A Win Badly: In terms of keeping one's job, there are a handful of competitors needing to leave New Mexico with a win under their belts.
Longtime veteran of the sport Yves Edwards has only won twice in his past seven contests, even though he may be closer to retirement than a pink slip.
Jorgensen has only won once in his past six bouts, which means a fourth loss in a row would definitely send him packing.
Apart from his three consecutive losses being entertaining fights, Voelker needs to win on Saturday night to keep his UFC run going. His opponent Benoist can't risk losing three straight, either.
Meza needs to beat Pettis, since he's 2-3 in his last five bouts, with job safety an uncertainty in this day and age.
You've also got Cummins, who needs to win his second fight in the Octagon to not only prove the haters wrong, but to save his job, too.
Finally, Diego Sanchez needs to beat Ross Pearson if he doesn't want to be on the first three-fight losing streak of his career. UFC wouldn't fire "The Nightmare," yet concerns would be raised about his health and fighting future.
Interest Level: 7/10
The event should be an entertaining one, even if it's hard to follow what's happening on a weekly basis. The main card is solid, with several match ups sure to materialize as entertaining scraps. You've got a former champion in the main event, a fan favorite returning home in the co-main event, and a number of possible contenders in their respective division slugging it out for recognition.
Should be a decent night of fights.
Here is the full UFC Fight Night 42: "Henderson vs. Khabilov" fight card:
155 lbs.: Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Ross Pearson vs. Diego Sanchez
125 lbs.: John Dodson vs. John Moraga
155 lbs.: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jason High
155 lbs.: Yves Edwards vs. Piotr Hallman
135 lbs.: Bryan Caraway vs. Erik Perez
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):
135 lbs.: Yaotzin Meza vs. Sergio Pettis
170 lbs.: Lance Benoist vs. Bobby Voelker
125 lbs.: Scott Jorgensen vs. Danny Martinez
155 lbs.: Jake Lindsey vs. Jon Tuck
Fight Pass Prelims (7:30 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Patrick Cummins vs. Roger Narvaez
Remember too, that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 42 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1 main card, which is slated to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
See you there, Maniacs.