Benson Henderson did it again on Saturday. He stepped into the octagon and defeated yet another unfortunate opponent. Though Rustam Khabilov seemed poised to make the fight interesting in the early rounds against Henderson, he could not stand up the pressure and ended up getting choked out in the fourth round. Now what?
Henderson is and will remain stuck in limbo for the foreseeable future. The only man who has defeated him in the UFC is Anthony Pettis. Since a title rematch doesn’t seem feasible for the organization at the moment, the only option UFC officials have is Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The undefeated Russian has proven he can be a staple in the lightweight division. He has defeated everyone the UFC has put in front of him, including Rafael dos Anjos, Pat Healy and Abel Trujillo, all by unanimous decision. His name has been passed around MMA circles as being in contention for a title shot.
Given the fact that scheduling an opponent for Nurmagomedov has been difficult and that Henderson is fresh off another victory in the division, it only seems right that the two battle it out. Both men would benefit from the fight. Nurmagomedov would have a chance to prove he is worthy of a title shot against Pettis, and Henderson would get a shot at knocking off yet another top contender in the division (further strengthening his argument for a rubber match).
Not only would the fighters benefit, but the fans would get a chance to see two of the top fighters in the lightweight division go to war. Dana White and the UFC officials need to make this fight happen.