Las Vegas –The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will make its highly anticipated debut in Albuquerque on Saturday, June 7 at Tingley Coliseum. In the five-round main event, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will take on the surging Rustam Khabilov, a winner of six straight.
Owning wins over some of the sport’s top names such as Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melendez and Frankie Edgar (twice), Henderson (20-3, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) is eager to reclaim the lightweight crown. To do so, he must diffuse the relentless Khabilov (17-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.). Nicknamed “Tiger”, the 27-year-old Khabilov trains at the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA gym in Albuquerque and has reeled off three straight wins to start his UFC career. Now he’ll meet the toughest test of his young career against the former UFC lightweight champion.
In the night’s co-main event, Albuquerque’s own Diego Sanchez (26-7) will compete in front of his hometown fans in a potential Fight of the Year candidate against Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson (17-6-1NC, fighting out of San Diego). Plus, flyweight sensation and hometown superstar John Dodson (16-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) looks to secure a title shot when he collides with No.4 flyweight contender John Moraga (14-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.).
If that wasn’t enough, Mexican bantamweight star and Jackson-Winkeljohn product Erik “Goyito” Perez takes on Bryan Caraway in a pivotal fight between rising title contenders.
Also scheduled for the card:
• Bobby Voelker (24-11, fighting out of Kansas City, Mo.) takes on Lance Benoist (6-2, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.) in a welterweight collision.
• A bantamweight bout between Sergio Pettis (10-1, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wis.) and up-and-comer Yaotzin Meza (19-9, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.)
• In a lightweight matchup, versatile Yves Edwards (42-20, 1NC, fighting out of Austin, TX) vs. submission specialist Piotr Hallman (14-2, fighting out of Gdynia, Poland)
• A light heavyweight matchup featuring All-American wrestler Patrick Cummins (4-1, fighting out of Dana Point, Calif.) taking on Francimar Barroso (16-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
Additional bouts will be announced in the weeks to come at UFC.com.
Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON vs. KHABILOV, go on sale Friday, April 18 at 10 a.m. MT and are priced at $175, $125, $75 and $50. Tickets are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. MT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, April 17 starting at 10 a.m. MT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON vs. KHABILOV will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 7, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
UFC Returns to Albuquerque
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
AT TINGLEY COLISEUM
FORMER UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION
BENSON HENDERSON TO MEET RUSTAM KHABILOV IN
DIEGO SANCHEZ vs. ROSS PEARSON
JOHN DODSON vs. JOHN MORAGA
ERIK PEREZ vs. BRYAN CARAWAY
TICKETS FOR UFC® FIGHT NIGHT™: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV
AT TINGLEY COLISEUM
ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 18 AT 10 A.M. MT