Henderson faces Dos Anjos in UFC Fight Night 49 main event
MANILA, Philippines - One-time UFC lightweight titlist Benson Henderson will square off with Rafael Dos Anjos in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 49 on August 23 (August 24 PH time) at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) executives formally announced the fight booking on Wednesday morning.
Henderson (21-3) is fresh from his submission win over Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 42 two weeks ago and is now riding high on a two-fight winning streak since dropping the lightweight strap to Anthony Pettis in August of last year.
His triumph over Khabilov was the 30-year-old former champion’s first stoppage inside the Octagon after eight-straight decision victories, with three of them by split verdict.
In addition, the UFC Fight Night 49 top bill will be Henderson’s eighth consecutive promotional main event.
On the other hand, Dos Anjos (21-7) has won six of his last seven outings since his disappointing setback to Gleison Tibau in November 2011.
The 5-foot-9 native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil finished Jason High with a second-round technical knockout on the same card Henderson won his last bout.
Henderson vs. Dos Anjos makes sense from a matchmaking standpoint as Henderson occupies the No. 1 contender’s spot in the official UFC middleweight rankings, while Dos Anjos checks in at No. 5. - Rappler.com