Bellator MMA Inks Ex-UFC Champ Benson Henderson to New Long-Term, Exclusive Deal

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 13, 2018


Benson Henderson isn’t going anywhere.

After concluding his previous contract with a decision victory over Saad Awad at Bellator 208, Henderson has signed a new exclusive, long-term deal with the California-based promotion. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a promotion official following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com.

Henderson has experienced mixed results thus far during his Bellator tenure. “Smooth” is 3-3 in the organization, with wins over Patricio Freire, Roger Huerta and Awad and losses to Andrey Koreshkov, Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire. The 34-year-old Glendale, Ariz., resident doesn’t have his next fight booked.

Henderson is 26-8 since beginning his MMA career in 2006. That included stints as lightweight champion in the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting along with notable victories against the likes of Donald Cerrone (twice), Frankie Edgar (twice), Gilbert Melendez, Clay Guida, Nate Diaz and Jim Miller, to name a few.

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