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Benson Henderson-Rustam Khabilov Named June Headliner From New Mexico

The UFC will be coming to the backyard of famed MMA gym Jackson-Winkeljohn in June, as Benson Henderson and Rustam Khabilov will meet at UFC Fight Night.

The card, which was first announced by The Albuquerque Journal, will take place June 7 from the Tingley Coliseum.

Henderson vs. Khabilov will be the main event, and is the only bout to have been announced for the card.

“Smooth,” a former UFC lightweight champion, agreed to take on Khabilov via Twitter after he defeated Josh Thomson to improve to 20-3 in his career. In late 2013, Henderson dropped the belt to Anthony Pettis via submission.

Khabilov (17-1) has won all three of his UFC bouts and trains with Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn in New Mexico.

Brittney Palmer Looking To Become Sexiest Female In 2014

UFC Octagon girl Brittney Palmer has it all.

Now, she wants your help to get even more.

Palmer is up for “FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World” and needs votes to beat out the other contestants.

The men’s magazine posted the following to help persuade fans to vote for her:

As one of the UFC’s most-celebrated “Octagon Girls”, Brittney has been helping to counterbalance all those beasts with her beauty for more than half a decade. She’s far more than a pretty face, a brain-melting body and a giant card with the number of the next round written on it: she’s also an accomplished artist (having taken a leave of absence from the UFC to attend art school), a trained jiu-jitsu ass-kicker, and the head of her own clothing line, called Stone Free.

What else? Well, Brittney’s also into snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding, so she’s got the full action-sports set, and is fully experienced in flying through the air with nought but a plank of wood beneath her. Don’t go landing on your face and giving yourself a rugby-player’s nose, Brittney – call us shallow, but that’d make us feel real sad.

Palmer finished No. 51 in 2013 on the list and posed for Playboy in 2012. Voting ends in April.

Johny Hendricks Taking His UFC Title To The Bank

UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has a special place for his title.

It’s not a mantle in his house, or some rusty shelf.

It’s a safety deposit box in a bank.

“I’m going to put it in a vault. It’s going to be locked away,” said Hendricks, during an interview with MMAjunkie Radio.

Hendricks (16-2) captured the title in front of his home fans in Dallas over the weekend at UFC 171, besting Robbie Lawler via decision.

It’s the first time the former NCAA wrestling standout from Oklahoma State University has captured UFC gold – a feeling that eluded him last November when Georges St-Pierre won a split decision.

“I want remember what it felt like to get it and I want to feel what it feels like to get the next one,” he said. “I was able to do something great (at UFC 171), but realistically, I’ve got to turn right back around and do it again if I want to stay champ.”

Hendricks isn’t changing stances in regards to talking contenders, but he did admit he still has a bone to pick with GSP.

“I would like to get back into the Octagon with him,” he said. “If that can happen, then I want that.”

St-Pierre vacated the title in December and announced plans to step away from MMA. He has not committed to a return date, but also hasn’t stated plans to retire.

Matt Mitrione Details Run-In With NFL HOFer Warren Sapp

Matt Mitrione’s former football history is well known, as the UFC constantly brought it up while he was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter.

Well, Mitrione recently let fans of The MMA Hour on a story that the UFC likely would have tried to bring up had they known about it.

It seems as if “Meathead” and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp have a long-standing history together. Well, not really a “history” as much as a beef. Let Mitrione explain.

“I met him at a party that night. I went up to shake his hand and I stuck my hand out. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m Matt Mitrione. We’re supposed to do something tomorrow.’

“He crossed his arms and looked at me and was like, ‘Are we done yet?’ and just walked away.”

Mitrione said he and Sapp were going to shoot a video. Mitrione was a defensive tackle for Purdue, which was playing Georgia in the 2000 Outback Bowl in Florida. Sapp was a member of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time.

Unfortunately for Mitrione, it appears as if Sapp got the last laugh.

While competing in Macau recently – where he defeated Shawn Jordan via first round KO – Mitrione slapped the hand of a fan sitting Octagon-side. That fan, none other than Sapp, who was in attendance for the card.

“After a fight, if you did well, a lot of people reach out and you don’t even look, you just shake a hand,” he said. “I was walking by cageside and somebody stuck their hand out. I shook it and dammit, it was Warren Sapp.

“I was like, ‘Oh, you got me.'”

UFC Analysts Cormier, Sonnen Talk UFC 171

UFC fighters Chael Sonnen and Daniel Cormier turned in their MMA gloves for suits and ties this weekend, sitting in on the UFC 171 coverage for FOX Sports.

The card featured the crowning of a new UFC welterweight champion, as Johny Hendricks bested Robbie Lawler. Several other key 170-pound contenders were in action, and both Sonnen and Cormier broke down the action on the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show.

“I don’t know that Johny looked that good, but he was effective with the high volume attack,” Sonnen said. “He had Robbie on the defensive most of the fight. We learned just what a competitor he is and how badly he wanted it in the end.”

Cormier, a former coach of Hendricks while the new champion competed at Oklahoma State University, stated that “Bigg Rigg” returned to his wrestling roots.

“In the fifth, Johny picked up up and went to the wrestling default and secured the victory with the takedown,” he said. “I thought he fought well.

“When his wrestling wasn’t working, he was able to stand and throw with Lawler. He’s still improving.”

Hendricks lost to Georges St-Pierre last year in a bout many felt he won. Cormier feels that fight was a difference-maker against Lawler.

“Johny learned from the GSP fight,” he said. “GSP took the fifth round at the end. He did it this time.”

In the co-main event, Tyron Woodley stopped Carlos Condit after landing a vicious takedown. Condit suffered a knee injury, awarding Woodley the TKO win.

“It was what we thought would happen,” Cormier said. “Woodley threw big exploding right hands, trying to knock him out. Tyron was winning this fight when Carlos got hurt.

“But Carlos was getting some momentum when that happened and Tyron was slowing down.”

Sonnen gave Woodley credit for more than just his win, saying he “played it just right after his fight. He grabbed the mic and said he wants to fight for the title.

“And good for him. He’s now the No. 1 contender and should fight for it.”

Cormier was impressed by another welterweight, Hector Lombard. The former Bellator champion defeated Jake Shields via decision.

“We’ve watched Jake a long time and no one has done this to him before,” Cormier said. “Nobody does what Hector did to him. Could he have fought harder from the top? Yes. Do I blame him for winning? No.”

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