After spending the past seven years under the Zuffa banner, former WEC and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has left the fold.
A free agent following his last fight, Henderson on Monday announced via his website that he has inked a new deal with Bellator MMA. He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Phil Davis, Josh Thomson, Josh Koscheck, Tito Ortiz, and others that have crossed over to Bellator.
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He hasn’t burned any bridges though. In announcing the move, Henderson was clear to thank UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta for the opportunities presented him. He also thanked numerous UFC staffers that worked with him behind the scenes over the years.
Henderson did not reveal any of the details of his new contract, but said that he was “excited for this next chapter and building new relationships with guys I’ve heard nothing but great things about.”
“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 Big Man 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 Fertitta for the opportunities they presented me, you guys ….View full article