Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces new contract with Bellator

It doesn't happen often, but when it does it's always news. One of the UFC"s top lightweight fighters (and currently a top ranked welterweight…

By: Zane Simon | 7 years ago
Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces new contract with Bellator
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It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it’s always news. One of the UFC”s top lightweight fighters (and currently a top ranked welterweight as well) has fought out his contract with the promotion and embarked on free agency. And now, it sounds like he’s got an offer he likes. Henderson announced his next career move on his personal website,

“I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA.
“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.

“I have to thank the BigMan upstairs for putting some amazing people in my life, my wife (first and foremost) and a lot of truly smart and insightful people behind the scenes who helped make the connections and negotiated this deal to bring it to fruition.

“I’d be remiss to not thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the opportunities they presented me, 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.

“And last but not least, to who it is I think of when I think of the UFC! Everybody behind the scenes who I personally dealt with every time I reported in or had to do something. Mayra, Melissa, Dave, Chris, Nick, Tracy, Joanie, Maura, Tony, Heidi, Ryan, James, Dave, Kaia (sp.???), Burt, Rob, Rudy, Stitch, House, Mike, Susie, Dean, Donna, Feryal, Sean, Joe, Brad, Jazzmine, Candice, Michelle, Reed, sorry I can’t name everyone or this list would go on for forever. There’s a whole ton of people behind the scenes who make that show what it is. You guys and girls are the ones who make that show great and allow us fighters to do what it is we love!!! Much love to you all and thanks for putting up with me for so long.

“To my fans, thanks for all the love and support, I’ll keep giving you my all, opening up my heart and soul inside that cage. I’m excited for this next chapter and building new relationships with guys I’ve heard nothing but great things about like Scott Coker, Rich Chou and Mike Kogan.


No word yet on any of the details of this new contract, or how negotiations went down for the deal. But, you can expect plenty of news to come out around the move in the coming days. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow, as we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

UPDATE: Turns out another top ranked UFC free agent may have a little extra interest in Bendo’s new deal as Aljamain Sterling and Henderson share the same management.

MMA Hour: Benson Henderson on his plans as a free agent

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Zane Simon
Zane Simon

Zane Simon is a senior editor, writer, and podcaster for Bloody Elbow. He has worked with the website since 2013, taking on a wide variety of roles. A lifelong combat sports fan, Zane has trained off & on in both boxing and Muay Thai. He currently hosts the long-running MMA Vivisection podcast, which he took over from Nate Wilcox & Dallas Winston in 2015, as well as the 6th Round podcast, started in 2014. Zane is also responsible for developing and maintaining the ‘List of current UFC fighters’ on Bloody Elbow, a resource he originally developed for Wikipedia in 2010.

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