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Post by Kinosis on Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:18 pm

Benson Henderson, the former lightweight titleholder of Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting, has found a new home at Bellator MMA.

Henderson, 32, on Monday revealed the news in a blog post on his official website.

“I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA,” Henderson wrote. “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.”

Specifics of the signing were not mentioned in Henderson’s post, in which the fighter also thanked former UFC bosses Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for helping to change his life.

Henderson became a free agent after completing the final bout on his UFC contract in November, when he collected a five-round split decision over Jorge Masvidal in South Korea. UFC officials have confirmed that the promotion waived its rights to match offers for Henderson’s services.

Henderson exits the Octagon on a two-fight winning streak, with both of those victories coming at 170 pounds. It is currently unclear whether “Smooth” will remain at welterweight or return to 155 pounds, where he has held multiple world titles. His impressive 23-5 record includes wins against the likes of Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone.

Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Former-UFC-Champ-Benson-Henderson-Signs-with-Bellator-MMA-99577

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Post by Kinosis on Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:19 pm

Great news. Hope more big names leave the ufc to go to Bellator, Rizin, etc. Reebok is killing the ufc and I am happy about it.

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Post by CDF47 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:39 pm

Very good signing for Bellator! Some good match-ups for him there with Anderson, Patricky, Chandler, Held, Brooks.

Hope to see him in the RIZIN ring as well in the future.

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Post by fka on Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:26 pm

Benson fights at multiple weights which opens up alot of cool fights.

Another elite prime athelete added to Bellator roster snatched out from uncle fester lol.

This will definitely lead to more big names coming over im really excited.

Like i said coker is uding his strikeforce building method he has his freakshow seat fillers and legends....now its building the prospects and grabbing elite level guys......

War bellator been here since day 1!!!keep em coming MRCOKER!!!!

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Post by CDF47 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:42 pm

fka wrote:Benson fights at multiple weights which opens up alot of cool fights.

Another elite prime athelete added to Bellator roster snatched out from uncle fester lol.

This will definitely lead to more big names coming over im really excited.

Like i said coker is uding his strikeforce building method he has his freakshow seat fillers and legends....now its building the prospects and grabbing elite level guys......

War bellator been here since day 1!!!keep em coming MRCOKER!!!!

Yeah, that's true. Good opponents for Bendo at 155 and 170. Coker is doing good things for Bellator.

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Re: Former UFC Champ Benson Henderson Signs with Bellator MMA

Post by westcott123 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 6:05 pm

Love to see benson in the next rizin show though just imagine him throwing a kick and a stomp . Good for him he will make more money there then what he would in the ufc the zombies are talking shit but that is nothing new still i want benson to at least fight a few guys before getting a title shot .


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Post by Heretic on Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:25 pm

Big score for Bellator this Reebok deal is giving other promotions diverse talent
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Post by CDF47 on Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:07 pm

westcott123 wrote:Love to see benson in the next rizin show though just imagine him throwing a kick and a stomp . Good for him he will make more money there then what he would in the ufc the zombies are talking shit but that is nothing new still i want benson to at least fight a few guys before getting a title shot .

I think benson should stay welterweight he seems to fight a lot better there most likely because he doesn't have to do a big cut . Is it me or do they ufc guys cut more weight than everyone else ? apart from  a few [from the other orgs] it seems most of the guys and gals seem to fight a there walk around weight .

Yeah, would be cool seeing him fight in RIZIN ring throwing soccer kicks and stomps.

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Re: Former UFC Champ Benson Henderson Signs with Bellator MMA

Post by Rocksoldier84 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:25 am

Another great pick up for Bellator. No surprise that I think Dana is already trying to cover the UFC's ass by saying Bendo isn't a top five or he's past his prime.
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Post by westcott123 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:53 am

What is the bet that if bendo fights will brooks and looses they will say ah bendo is past his prime any way or he was never that good to begin with {even though he is a former champ}can't compete with the super solider's of the ufc .
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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:51 pm

westcott123 wrote:What is the bet that if bendo fights will brooks and looses they will say ah bendo is past his prime any way or he was never that good to begin with {even though he is a former champ}can't compete with the super solider's of the ufc .

Well, he's getting an immediate title shot. So either he wins and the zombies continue to spew their myth that UFC guys can get belts anywhere else or he loses and the zombies say he's past his prime and Bellator wasted money on him. Either way, they'll twist it to make Bellator look inferior.
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Post by CDF47 on Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:50 pm

^Yeah, he has a tough first fight at WW with Koreshkov.

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Post by westcott123 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:10 am

Rocksoldier84 wrote:
westcott123 wrote:What is the bet that if bendo fights will brooks and looses they will say ah bendo is past his prime any way or he was never that good to begin with {even though he is a former champ}can't compete with the super solider's of the ufc .

Well, he's getting an immediate title shot. So either he wins and the zombies continue to spew their myth that UFC guys can get belts anywhere else or he loses and the zombies say he's past his prime and Bellator wasted money on him. Either way, they'll twist it to make Bellator look inferior.
He is ? ok didn't know that and yeah they will twist it either way as a matter of fact they already have even if it was one who just lost the belt they would still say the same thing . Or the classic when a fighters leaves than comes back and dominates "they were in the ufc first ".
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Post by fka on Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:47 pm

Well i've encountered some idiots trying to downplay the signing but mostly I've run into people criticising the reebok deal and ufc for letting bendo go.


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Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.

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Post by westcott123 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:57 pm

CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  
Oh yeah i mean his only looses were to pettis a former champ rda the current champ and cerrone who many felt he won .
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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:18 pm

CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  

Dana is already making excuses claiming that "they're looking for guys who are going from #15 to #1, not the other way around".
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Post by fka on Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:49 pm

Yeah except bendo went from unranked to beating 2 wws and at lw he may have had ups and downs but it was at the tip top pf the division bendo had nvr been ranked under 10.Guys he lost to was champ,former champ,and recent title challenger.

He went from 1 to 6 to 4 to 5 etc etc dana doing damage control but everyone sees through it.

Benson was a company guy saving multiple cards hell pretty sure all his fights were main event fox,fs1,and ppv cards.....Bellator scored big bendo is very well known and will draw fans.

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CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  
Oh yeah i mean his only looses were to pettis a former champ rda the current champ and cerrone who many felt he won .

Yeah, it is ridiculous how he is out of some of the rankings now on the major websites. Hmmm, wonder why that happened. I think I've seen this before.

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CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  

Dana is already making excuses claiming that "they're looking for guys who are going from #15 to #1, not the other way around".

Yeah, I saw that one. Good thing, it seems like a lot of people can see through the BS now though.

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fka wrote:Yeah except bendo went from unranked to beating 2 wws and at lw he may have had ups and downs but it was at the tip top pf the division bendo had nvr been ranked under 10.Guys he lost to was champ,former champ,and recent title challenger.

He went from 1 to 6 to 4 to 5 etc etc dana doing damage control but everyone sees through it.

Benson was a company guy saving multiple cards hell pretty sure all his fights were main event fox,fs1,and ppv cards.....Bellator scored big bendo is very well known and will draw fans.

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CDF47 wrote:
westcott123 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  
Oh yeah i mean his only looses were to pettis a former champ rda the current champ and cerrone who many felt he won .

Yeah, it is ridiculous how he is out of some of the rankings now on the major websites.  Hmmm, wonder why that happened.  I think I've seen this before.

Sheesh. You think they wait till he lost. I thought guys in his position get at least a one strike policy.
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Post by westcott123 on Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:09 am

Rocksoldier84 wrote:
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westcott123 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  
Oh yeah i mean his only looses were to pettis a former champ rda the current champ and cerrone who many felt he won .

Yeah, it is ridiculous how he is out of some of the rankings now on the major websites.  Hmmm, wonder why that happened.  I think I've seen this before.

Sheesh. You think they wait till he lost. I thought guys in his position get at least a one strike policy.
They are trying everything in their power to undermine anyone who is not in the ufc regardless of who it is and that would include the leprachaun as well if he left they would do the same thing . 

They only give a shit when they make money of you look at how they treat aldo he gets clipped once and doesn't get a rematch . 

Ufc fans are the one direction justin biebiers of mma were as we pink floyd acdc red hot chilli peppers of mma they talk shit but even they know deep down our product is way better .
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Post by CODELMJVG on Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:12 am

westcott123 wrote:
Rocksoldier84 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:
westcott123 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:Crazy they can criticize Benson.  He has been one of the top UFC fighters for years at 155.  
Oh yeah i mean his only looses were to pettis a former champ rda the current champ and cerrone who many felt he won .

Yeah, it is ridiculous how he is out of some of the rankings now on the major websites.  Hmmm, wonder why that happened.  I think I've seen this before.

Sheesh. You think they wait till he lost. I thought guys in his position get at least a one strike policy.
They are trying everything in their power to undermine anyone who is not in the ufc regardless of who it is and that would include the leprachaun as well if he left they would do the same thing . 

They only give a shit when they make money of you look at how they treat aldo he gets clipped once and doesn't get a rematch . 

Ufc fans are the one direction justin biebiers of mma were as we



pink floyd acdc red hot chilli peppers of mma they talk shit but even they know deep down our product is way better .


This is some of the shit I hate about following mma. You would never see this shit fan base if its fifa leagues. You have to earn your place mandatory. Champions vs Champions happens all the time in the FIFA. Ufc is not the future of the sports evoulution.
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Post by Rocksoldier84 on Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:04 pm

CODELMJVG wrote:
westcott123 wrote:
Rocksoldier84 wrote:
CDF47 wrote:
westcott123 wrote:
Oh yeah i mean his only looses were to pettis a former champ rda the current champ and cerrone who many felt he won .

Yeah, it is ridiculous how he is out of some of the rankings now on the major websites.  Hmmm, wonder why that happened.  I think I've seen this before.

Sheesh. You think they wait till he lost. I thought guys in his position get at least a one strike policy.
They are trying everything in their power to undermine anyone who is not in the ufc regardless of who it is and that would include the leprachaun as well if he left they would do the same thing . 

They only give a shit when they make money of you look at how they treat aldo he gets clipped once and doesn't get a rematch . 

Ufc fans are the one direction justin biebiers of mma were as we



pink floyd acdc red hot chilli peppers of mma they talk shit but even they know deep down our product is way better .


This is some of the shit I hate about following mma. You would never see this shit fan base if its fifa leagues. You have to earn your place mandatory. Champions vs Champions happens all the time in the FIFA. Ufc is not the future of the sports evoulution.

I know many aren't long time fans but even so, they should know better. I became a fan in 2009 and I know you didn't have to be in Pancrase or RINGS in the 1990s to be one of the best. I know you didn't have to be in PRIDE in the early to mid 2000s to be one of the best and I know you don't have to be in the UFC to be one of the best.
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