UFC fight night 42 preview

 Henderson vs. Khabilov Date: June 7, 2014 Venue: Tingley Coliseum Location: Albuquerque, NM


Henderson vs. Khabilov
Date: June 7, 2014
Venue: Tingley Coliseum
Location: Albuquerque, NM

By: Shaun Stephens, lead MMA writer (#2) Ben Henderson (20-3-0) is on his second fight since losing the belt to Anythony Pettis. Henderson has become lackluster when it comes to finishing fights. He would do what it takes to win and it caught up to him against Pettis. Henderson’s last 9 wins has been by decision and is 8-1 in the UFC since coming from the WEC. He needs to show that he can finish fights if he wants another shot at the title. Henderson’s opponent is (#11) Rustam Khabilov (17-1-0). He is 3-0 in the UFC with his last win coming against Jorge Masvidal by decision at Fight Night for the Troops last November. Khabilov has 6.07 take-downs per fifteen minutes and needs to capitalize on them to have a chance against Henderson. Khabilov also absorbs 0.61 more strikes per minute than Henderson. Key number: 0.85, which is the average how how many submissions both fighters attempt per 15 minutes. I see this as a standing fight and that goes to Henderson wheelhouse. Prediction: Henderson by decision. Diego Sanchez (26-7-0) is fighting Ross Pearson (17-6-0, 1 NC) in a lightweight division. This fight has fight of the night potential written all over it. Both fighters like to stand a bang and wants to give the fans a show. Sanchez is 13-7 in the UFC and is 2-3 in his last 5. He lost his last fight by decision to Miles Jury in March. Pearson is 7-3 with 1 No Contest since coming to the UFC. His last fight was a no contest with Melvin Guillard, because Melvin hit Ross with an illegal knee and Ross could not continue. Key number: 6.89, which is how many significant strikes both fighters land per minute. Prediction: Pearson by decision. (#1) John Dodson (16-6-0) faces off against (#5) John Moraga (14-2-0) in a flyweight match. Dodson is 4-1 in the UFC where his only loss came against Demetrious Johnson for the belt. He won his last fight against Darrell Montague by KO in the third round. Moraga is 3-1 in the UFC and his only loss also came against Demetrious Johnson. Moraga won his last fight against Dustin Ortiz by split decision. It is not know weather the winner gets another shot at the title. Dana White already said that when and if Dominick Curz is ready he gets first shot. Key number: 32%, which is how much better Dodson is than Moraga at take-down defense. Prediction: Dodson wins by KO due to punches in the third round. (#5) Rafael dos Anjos (20-7-0) is fighting Jason High (19-4-0) in the lightweight division. Dos Anjos is 9-5 in the UFC and 4-1 in his last five fights. His last fight he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov by unanimous decision. That was a tough loss for dos Anjos, but Khabib just beat him in every way. Jason High is 2-2 in the UFC and has spent time with many organizations. His last fight he beat Anythony Lapsley by unanimous decision. Key number: 2.8, which is how many more submissions Jason High attempts per 15 minutes than dos Anjos. If High wins this fight, it will be by a submission. Dos Anjos is well rounded and can make it a long night for High. Prediction: Rafael dos Anjos by decision. Yves Edwards (42-20-1, 1 NC) is facing off against Piotr Hallmann (14-2-0) in a lightweight match. Edwards is 10-8 with 1 no contest in the UFC and is 0-2 with 1 no contest in his last three fights. The no contest came in his last fight against Yancy Medeiros where Medeiros failed his post fight drug test

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and the fight was overturned. Edwards could be fighting for his job. Hallmann is 1-1 in the UFC. He lost his last fight to Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision. Key number: 1.58, which is how many more significiant strikes Hallmann lands per minute more than Edwards. Prediction: Hallmann by KO. (#12) Erik Perez (14-5-0) fights (#14) Bryan Caraway (18-7-0) in the Bantamweight division. Perez is 4-1 in the UFC where three of those wins came in the first round. He won his last fight by unanimous decision over Edwin Figeroa. Caraway is 3-1 in the UFC where all three wins came by submission. He won his last fight by guillotine choke over Johnny Bedford. This should be a great fight to open the main card with. Key number: 8.10, which is how many take-downs both fighters average per 15 minutes. If one enjoys wrestling then this is the fight to watch. Prediction: Perez by KO. This fight card is tonight on Fox Sports 1 at 10 pm. This is one of the best cards that has ever been on Fox Sports. I highly recommend watching this free fight. Follow Shaun on twitter @Just_shaun_07 And follow The Sport Buffet on twitter @Sportbuffet

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