The UFC's August 23rd stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma now has a main event attached to it. Tulsa World reports that former lightweight champion Ben Henderson is set to face Rafael dos Anjos in a pivotal five-round headliner in the Oklahoman city. It's the first time that dos Anjos has headlined a card and also his first time in a five-round affair, while Henderson has been the main event of his last 7 fights.
Henderson (21-3) is coming off a 4th round submission win against Rustam Khabilov on June 7th in Albuquerque, which marked his first career UFC finish. At the time of the stoppage, Henderson was behind on two of the three judges' scorecards.
Dos Anjos (21-7) scored a 2nd round TKO against Jason High on the main card of Bendo/Khabilov, thereby avoiding a losing streak after he was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC on Fox 11 in April. The 29-year-old Brazilian started his UFC career 0-2, but has won 10 of his last 13.
This is definitely a very good fight and a solid Fox Sports 1 main event, particularly on the heels of Henderson's ratings success. The Khabilov win kept Henderson afloat in the title picture, and with his established presence as a free TV draw, it enables dos Anjos a bump up to main event status.