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Scott Coker: Bellator will ‘definitely’ talk to Benson Henderson ‘once he’s free’

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With Benson Henderson fulfilling the final fight of his UFC contract last week, and the lightweight division the deepest in its company, it would seem to make sense that Bellator would be interested in the former WEC and UFC champion.

Bellator president Scott Coker confirmed he has interest, but also noted that there has been no contact between the two sides. He’s currently trying to find out exactly what Henderson can or can’t do.

“We’re trying to find out if he’s free yet,” Coker said. “They (UFC) may have an exclusive negotiating period. We’re trying to find out what the situation is. Once he’s free, we’ll definitely have a conversation with him. He’s a great talent, he’s an amazing talent. He’ll be highly coveted. We’ll see where his head is at but we’ll definitely have that conversation.”

Henderson (23-5) is in an interesting position, in that he’s the biggest name in a long time who has allowed his UFC contract to run out by choice. Coker noted that UFC deals as it regards to contracts expiring, exclusive negotiation periods and rights of first refusal can be different.

Currently, Bellator has some proven draws and name fighters, but they are older fighters. They ….View original article

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