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Benson Henderson Announces He’s Headed to Bellator

Kelsey Mowatt

Benson Henderson

If you predicted that Benson Henderson would end up signing with Bellator, after entering free agency recently, well, it looks like you hit the mark.

Yes, the former UFC lightweight champ has announced on his official site that he’s elected to sign with Bellator. The move comes approximately two months after Henderson earned a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79.

On his site, here is some of what “Smooth” had to say about his decision:

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 BigMan 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 Fertita for the opportunities they presented me, you guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up. For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal.

So there you have it. That’s a pretty decorated and talented fighter that Bellator has added to its roster.

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