Benson Henderson Opens Up On Bellator Vs UFC Business, MMA Union, USADA, Military Enlistment & More

By Newsroom on December 12, 2016
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  • When it comes to MMA business, few fighters can offer the perspective of Benson Henderson, the first marquee free agent brought in by Bellator during the Scott Coker-Viacom era.

    For Henderson, money was only a small part of the equation when it came to making the biggest financial decision of his career. What really mattered to the former UFC lightweight champion was the ability to have a fluid dialogue with his employer — something he feels can spawn endless opportunities between fighters and their promoting body.

    Since leaving the UFC, Henderson has not only spoken candidly about this discrepancy, but been a vocal advocate for the rights of fighters through individual sponsorships, improved drug testing and the formation of a union.

    Leading up to his win over a Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 160, I had a chance to take a deep dive with “The Once And Future King” on all of these topics. With a lightweight title fight with Michael Chandler on the horizon, here is where Henderson stands on all of the fights being waged outside of the cage.