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Former UFC Champ Benson Henderson Intends to Test Free Agent Market

Kelsey Mowatt

Benson Henderson

You may have heard leading up to UFC Fight Night 79 that Benson Henderson was finishing out his contract at the event, and now the former champ has confirmed he’s going to test the free agent market.

Earlier today in Seoul, South Korea, Henderson worked his way to a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal. Following the event, “Smooth” had this to say about his contractual status and intentions (quote via MMA Junkie.com):

“When I retire, it will be retiring in the UFC – I know that for sure,” Henderson said. “But I’m going to test the market, yes.”

It’s a smart decision. Doing so worked out for Gilbert Melendez, who had an initial offer from Bellator and as a result, the UFC reportedly upped theirs. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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