In a bit of irony, former UFC champion Benson Henderson has avoided serious injury following his armbar loss to usurper Anthony Pettis. The announcement means the former champion will be able to return to action sooner rather than later, while Pettis will be out 7-8 weeks with a knee injury. The announcement was made by his management via press release.
Former UFC Lightweight Champion “Smooth” Benson Henderson visited Dr. Brian Shafer this week and learned that there is no structural damage to his elbow. Dr. Shafer is an elbow specialist in Phoenix and a team physician with the Los Angeles Dodgers. There is no specified timetable for Benson’s return to the Octagon.
The former champion also commented in the release, indicating that he would be patient in recovery while still looking to get back in action as soon as possible. Said Henderson:
“My elbow isn’t going to be an issue. Dr. Shafer said I can resume training immediately, but to take it slow and steady for a couple of weeks and do my rehab work. Of course I am anxious to get going full speed again but I will be smart and patient about it as well.
I want to thank my hardcore fans for their awesome support, not just in the past week, but throughout my career. I can be better. I will be better.”
Last week’s loss was Henderson’s first since losing his WEC lightweight championship to Pettis in the promotion’s final event in 2011. UFC president Dana White indicated after the bout that the former champion would not get a rematch for awhile after the loss, leaving Henderson to start over in the UFC division he reigned for over a year.