Benson Henderson pens new multi-fight contract, remains with Bellator

Benson Henderson
Mandatory Credit: Bellator MMA

Former welterweight and lightweight title challenger, ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson has re-upped with Bellator MMA following the completion of his contractual obligations with the organization back in January of this year, penning a new mutli-fight deal.

Henderson, a former undisputed lightweight champion under both the UFC and WEC banner, featured in the co-main event of Bellator 273 back in January of this year, turning in a close split decision victory over the highly-touted, Islam Mamedov – snapping a three-fight losing skid.

Following the bout, Henderson, a native of Colorado saw speculation regarding his immediate fighting future with the promotion up in the air, after he had completed his contractual obligations. 

However, per the promotion, Henderson has officially put pen to paper on a new deal, inking his name to the organization for multiple fights after his debut under the Bellator banner back in April 2016. 

Off the back of his three-fight losing run snapping win over Mamedov, Henderson officially sits at #3 in the lightweight rankings – beneath the trio of former champion, Brent Primus, Sidney Outlaw, and current champion, Peter Queally. 

The former UFC and WEC lightweight kingpin has managed to embark on a 12-fight run with the Scott Coker-led organizational banner, establishing an even, 6-6 promotional record.

Twice challenging from welterweight and lightweight gold against former champions, Andrey Koreskhov, and Michael Chandler, respectively, Henderson dropped decision defeats to both. 

The 38-year-old has managed to defeat former two-weight promotional champion, Patricio Pitbull, Roger Huerta, Saad Awad, Adam Piccolotti, and Myles Jury during his promotional stint – to go with his January judging win over Mamedov.

29-11 as a professional, Henderson has lodged notable career victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Jamie Varner, Jim Miller, Clay Guida, Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thompson, Rustam Khabilov, Brandon Thatch, and Jorge Masvidal before his 2016 Bellator bow. 


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