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Benson “Smooth” HendersonTULSA, Okla. – No. 1 contender Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-3-0) takes on No. 5 contender Rafael dos Anjos (21-7-0) in a lightweight fight at UFC Fight night in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. Former lightweight champion Henderson has won two straight fights since losing the title to Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (17-2-0) last August.

Last August dos Anjos defeated Donald “The Cowboy” Cerrone (24-6-0, 1 NC) but has gone 1-1 since his last big win with his loss being to No. 3 contender Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov (22-0-0) in April. The Brazilian fighter looks to climb the lightweight rankings against Henderson whose two fight win streak is against Top 15 contenders.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado native defeated No. 6 contender Josh “The Punk” Thomson (20-7-0, 1 NC) in a split decision last January and then No. 12 contender Rustam “Tiger” Khabilov (17-2-0) by a submission in June.

No. 13 contender Mike “Quicksand” Pyle (26-9-1) will square off in a welterweight division bout against Jordan “Young Gun” Mein (28-9-0). Pyle has won five of his last six fights with his only loss being a first round knockout at the hands of No. 5 contender Matt “The Immortal” Brown (21-12-0) last August. Pyle’s only top 15 win in the stretch was against No. 15 contender Rick “The Horror” Story (17-8-0) in a split decision at UFC 160.

Mein has won two of three fights since joining the UFC, sharing a loss to Brown in a second round knockout in April of 2013. Mein is looking for his first top 15 win since joining UFC.

Middleweight contenders face off as No. 12 contender Francis “Limitless” Carmont (22-9-0) faces No. 15 contender Thales Leites (23-4-0). Carmont has lost two straight fights with his most recent loss coming at the hands of No. 9 contender CB “The Doberman” Dollaway (16-6-0) in a unanimous decision in May.

Leites is coming in on a different path having won three straight fights with his most recent win being a first round knockout of Trevor “Hot Sauce” Smith (12-5-0) in April.

Max “Blessed” Holloway (9-3-0) takes on Clay “Cassius” Collard (13-4-0, 1NC) in a featherweight bout. Holloway has won two straight fights with his most recent being by a submission of Andre “Touchy” Fili (13-2-0) at UFC 172 while Collard is making his UFC debut.

James “The Executioner” Vick (5-0-0) puts his unbeaten mark on the line in his second UFC bout against octagon first-timer Valmir “Bidu” Lazaro (12-2-0). Vick made quick work of Ramsey Nijem (10-4-0) with a first round submission in his octagon debut in August.

A pair of featherweights look to avenge losses in UFC debuts as Chas “The Scrapper” Skelly (11-1-0) faces Tom “Stoneface” Niinimaki (21-6-1). Skelly dropped his UFC debut in a split majority decision to Mirsad Bektic (8-0-0) while Niinimaki fell to Niklas Backstrom (8-0-0, 1 NC) in a first round submission.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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