Ben Henderson finally finished a fight! The former lightweight champion has been dogged by close decisions in his UFC career to date but didn't take his fight with Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night: Albuquerque to the judges. Henderson connected with a solid combination and immediately sunk a rear naked choke to get his first stoppage win in the UFC. Check out the video highlights above, and/or read my play-by-play of the last two rounds below.
Round 3 - Leg kick from Henderson but Khabilov caught it and tried to take him down. Khabilov worked a front headlock for a while, then landed a knee as they came up. Khabilov landed a left hook as they broke the clinch. He did the same thing the next time with an elbow. Body kick and an uppercut from Henderson. He went for a guillotine but Khabilov quickly escaped. Khabilov with a big takedown but Henderson reversed. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 4 - Uppercut from Khabilov. Henderson with a left and a body lock but couldn't do anything with it. Lead uppercut seemed to stun Khabilov and Henderson jumped on his back and sunk a choke immediately. And Khabilov tapped! WOW! That finish was ultra quick.
Ben Henderson defeats Rustam Khabilov by submission (rear naked choke), 1:16 of round 4