One of the most exciting fighters in UFC history is taking his talents to Bellator MMA. Benson Henderson, the former UFC lightweight champion of the world, tested free agency and will be fighting for the UFC’s rival promotion.
“I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when switching employers or jobs after having worked somewhere for such a long time,” said Henderson (23-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC).
“I’d be remiss to not thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the opportunities they presented me,” Henderson wrote on his website. “You guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up. For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal.”
The 32-year-old Henderson won the UFC lightweight title from Frankie Edgar in February 2012 and held it until falling to Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in August 2013. He remains one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world at both lightweight and welterweight. Henderson most recently fought in November, when he defeated Jorge Masvidal in UFC Fight Night 79’s headliner.
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