After his unanimous decision loss to Donald Cerrone last Sunday in Boston, former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson told Joe Rogan that he'd be willing to fight anyone, anywhere, at any time. It's something we've seen frequently from his good friend Cerrone, and now Henderson is set to fight again this April. Fox Sports' Damon Martin reported earlier today that an undisclosed injury has forced Bobby Green to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night co-main event spot against Jorge Masvidal. Henderson has taken Green's place and will now double as Masvidal's best opponent he's faced since losing to Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce.
Henderson's (21-5) defeat to Cerrone marked his first ever losing streak, and dropped him to 2-3 overall in his last 5 fights. The former champ had contemplated a move to 170 but opted to stay at lightweight for now. Masvidal (28-8) is 5-1 in the UFC and coming off a dominant decision win over James Krause at UFC 178. His sole defeat inside the Octagon was a thrilling, tense encounter against Rustam Khabilov, who Henderson submitted last June.
UFC Fight Night in Virginia on April 4th is headlined by a featherweight bout between Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas. With the card taking place on the same day as the NCAA college basketball tournament's Final Four, the main card will air at a special time of 1 PM ET/10 AM PT on Fox Sports 1. Technically speaking, this is really a UFC Fight Day event, but it neither rolls off the tongue nor does it have the rhyming factor that Fight Night brings.