Nov 6, 2013; Fort Campbell, KY, USA; Rustam Khabilov (blue gloves) greets fans after his victory over Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) in the lightweight bout during UFC Fight for the Troops at Fort Campbell. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

Rustam Khabilov: ‘I asked for Benson Henderson’


Rustam Khabilov has been a dominant force since joining the UFC back in 2012. In his UFC debut, Khabilov stunned MMA fans around the world as he suplexed and ragdolled Vinc Pichel en route to a KO via a suplex in the first round.

Since then, Khabilov has gone on to defeat Yancy Medeiros and Jorge Masvidal leading up to his main event collision with Benson Henderson on June 7th in Albuquerque.

Khabilov will be taking a huge step up in competition when he faces the former Lightweight champion, but in a recent interview with BloodyElbow, Khabilov explains that he asked for this fight:

Everybody thinks that it’s an easy fight (for Henderson), but you never can predict the fight. You have to follow it and see what happens.

I asked for that fight. I asked for Ben Henderson, and I was super-stoked and excited when I found out that I’m getting Ben Henderson. Because I had asked for it. If he thinks, and if people think, that it’s gonna be an easy fight, then we’ll have to see what happens when it comes to fight.

Ben Henderson is a really good fighter, in almost every aspect. Grappling, striking, takedowns. [I] have a plan. [I] just want to accomplish that. [I've] been spending a lot of time training for this fight, and [am] close to [my] goal, which is hopefully after this fight will be a title shot.

If Khabilov is able to defeat Henderson, it would be hard to deny him a UFC title shot. We will find out how it plays out come June 7th.

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