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Benson Henderson

33-Year-Old     Bellator     Lightweight     24-7-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Knee    EST. RETURN:  September 2017
Birthdate:  November 16, 1983     Height:   5'9    

December 2, 2016    Benson Henderson News

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Henderson revealed Friday that he has been fighting all year on a torn ACL, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.

Henderson has survived three bouts while fighting with the ruptured ligament in his knee, but decided now was finally the time to undergo surgery. He lost by split decision to Michael Chandler, and he fractured his right ankle during that fight as well. He was already going to rest for six months recovery, and this will likely push that timeline back three more months, as the routine ACL recovery takes nine months.

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Henderson has been issued a 180-day medical suspension after suffering a fractured right ankle in his loss to Michael Chandler at Bellator 165 on Nov. 19, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Henderson gave Chandler quite the run for his Bellator lightweight strap, but came up short in the end and was dealt a split-decision defeat. "Smooth" has been incredibly active since signing with the promotion, as his loss to Chandler was his third fight since April. He'll need to take a break now, however, as the California State Athletic Commission will make him rest six months, barring clearance from a physician.
Henderson lost to Michael Chandler via split decision (48-46, 46-48, 48-47) at Bellator 165 on Saturday in San Jose, Calif.

Fantasy Analysis

Henderson was forced to play defense from the opening bell. Chandler pushed forward with big strikes and slams throughout the fight. It appeared as if Henderson was hoping to wait out Chandler and make a late push. At the end of round four, Henderson locked in a back crucifix, and Chandler was exhausted in between rounds. About halfway through the final round, Henderson took the back and worked for the choke. However, Chandler escaped.
Henderson defeated Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 160 on Friday after Pitbull withdrew due to injury at 2:26 of Round 2. Officially, it will go down as a TKO victory (kicks).

Fantasy Analysis

Henderson will come away with the win, but make no mistake, he was not impressive in this one. He entered as a -300 favorite on most books, but clearly lost the first round after Pitbull landed a higher volume of more damaging strikes. Pitbull seemed to be in control as the second round got going, but mysteriously backed away from Henderson near the halfway point after suffering some sort of knee or ankle injury. As a result, Henderson was victorious by default. Now, Smooth will take on Michael Chandler for the Bellator Lightweight Championship, but little about his performance in this one makes it seem like he'll have the upper hand. This fight will go down on Nov. 19.
Henderson will face Patricio Pitbull in a lightweight matchup at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 in Anaheim.

Fantasy Analysis

Henderson perhaps bit off a bit more than he could chew in his first fight with the promotion, as he suffered a unanimous-decision loss to welterweight champion Andrew Koreshkov. He'll now look to even the score with the promotion against a fighter who is also looking to avenge a defeat. With a perceived size advantage and a bit more experience in the octagon, look for Henderson to open as a heavy favorite.
Henderson will enter his Welterweight title fight with Andrey Koreshkov as a -210 favorite at Bellator 153 on Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Fantasy Analysis

After a lengthy period as a free agent, "Smooth" sought greener pastures with Bellator, immediately being rewarded with a title shot in Scott Coker's promotion. Upon his signing, UFC President Dana White characteristically defended his brand with a parting shot aimed at Henderson: "We’re looking for top-5 guys, guys that are going from 15 to 1, not the other way around." While the 32-year-old Henderson may be battle worn, it's difficult to rule him out of his prime. Benson most recently defeated Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal in 2015, and holds victories over some of the biggest names in the sport; Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, and Donald Cerrone, just to name a few. Should Henderson defeat the surgical striker Koreshkov for Bellator gold, "Smooth" will only continue to cement his status as one of the modern greats in MMA.
Henderson defeated Jorge Masvidal via split decision (49-46, 48-47, 47-48) at UFC Fight Night 79 on Saturday in Seoul, South Korea.

Fantasy Analysis

Henderson narrowly edged out Masvidal in a grueling, back-and-forth scrap. Interestingly, Henderson's UFC Fight Night 79 performance was the last fight on his contract. While it stands to reason that UFC brass will pony up for a new contract, Scott Coker of Bellator could always step in and make things interesting, as was the case when Gilbert Melendez nearly signed with the promotion. As he proved on Saturday, Henderson is truly among the current greats in the sport, and back-to-back victories over Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal should only further cement that status.
Following the withdrawal of Thiago Alves from UFC Fight Night in Seoul, South Korea, Henderson will now face Jorge Masvidal at the Nov. 28 event.

Fantasy Analysis

At one point, Henderson and Masvidal were briefly scheduled to fight in April, so this is a fight that has been in the back of each athletes' mind for some time. The pair of 31-year-olds have never faced off before, and the winner should get a crack at a top-5 talent in the welterweight division. Henderson is more likely to rely on his submission skills in this one, while Masvidal prefers to stand and trade, cashing in an 11-1 record in fights ending in knockout.
Henderson will fight Thiago Alves in the main event at UFC Fight Night on November 28 in Seoul, South Korea, UFC.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

We reported a few days ago that this fight was being targeted and it is now official. Henderson made it known that he wanted to fight on this card and he got his wish. His most recent fight was a submission win over Brandon Thatch back in February.
A fight between Henderson and Thiago Alves is being targeted for the main event for the UFC Fight Night event on November 28 in Seoul, South Korea, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Late last month it was reported that Henderson wanted to fight on the South Korea card and it appears that he is close to getting his wish. Henderson had stated that he would be willing to fight at either lightweight or welterweight, but Alves has made it known that he wants to drop down to 155 pounds, so it appears that the fight would take place there.
Henderson is hoping to fight on the UFC's card in South Korea that is scheduled to take place on November 28, MMAFighitng.com's Ariel Helwani reports.

Fantasy Analysis

According to Helwani, Henderson is willing to fight at either lightweight or welterweight. His last fight was in February, a submission win over Brandon Thatch that took place in the 170-pound division. Henderson has been battling some nagging injuries of late, but he should be ready to fight again shortly.