Former WEC andlightweight champion Benson Henderson has been in and out of the UFC spotlight over the last two years, and during the build-up of his most recent fight with Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79, he showed signs of moving away from the Zuffa owned banner. Apparently, Henderson has fulfilled his UFC contract and is nearing to be a free agent.
At the moment, it’s unclear when exactly the American mixed martial artist can walk away from the UFC legally and ink a new contract in another promotion, but Bellator President Scott Coker is in the process of finding out.
As soon as Henderson is free, Coker said he will “definitely” talk to him.
We’re trying to find out if he’s free yet. 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 is known for attracting above average numbers when used as a television headliner in the UFC, so it makes perfect sense for Bellator MMA to have him under the lightweight or welterweight roster.