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Interview: Ben Henderson expects to add third MMA title to his impressive collection after high-profile Bellator acquisition

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Benson Henderson sat down with MMAmania.com in New York City this week to discuss his free agency, transition to Bellator, as well as the high expectation surrounding his 170-pound title fight with champion Andrey Koreshkov in Connecticut on April 22, 2016.

New York — Always humble and always thanking the man upstairs, Benson Henderson is hoping that the shake up he caused in the mixed martial arts (MMA) universe when he signed with Bellator MMA earlier this month goes a long way toward changing the sport as we know it.

“I think it’s a beautiful sport [MMA] and hopefully guys can have a 20-year career and be able to provide for their kids, buy nice things and that sort of stuff even if they’re not the Floyd Mayweather’s and Manny Pacquiao’s of MMA, but the mid-level guys,” Henderson told MMAmania while in New York for a media stop.

“Smooth” left his post in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he racked up an 11-3 record and a Lightweight championship, to join an organization that offered him more bucks and a Welterweight title shot against potent Russian Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 153 on April 22, 2016.

The 25-year-old striking specialist has rounded out his game, which is evidenced by a five-fight win streak, culminating in his eye-opening title win over American Top Team (ATT) Atlanta’s Douglas Lima last July.

While Henderson admits that “The Spartan” has grown quite a bit since his lone professional loss to wrestling sensation Ben Askren in July 2013, he’s just as confident as he was when he competed for UFC strap opposite Frankie Edgar.

“I think Andrey has a lot of good kicks. He’s been working on his grappling,” Henderson said, adding, “I intend on leaving the cage with my hand raised ….View full article

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