why did benson henderson leave the ufc

Benson Henderson is set to fight for the second time inside the Bellator cage on Friday, Aug. 26, when he fights former featherweight champion Patricio Freire in a lightweight bout.

‘Smooth’ had fought 13 times under the UFC banner, and this week announced he’d be fighting for Bellator MMA.The mixed martial arts community was somewhat shocked to hear the news about Henderson leaving the UFC, as that’s where most of the competition is.

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Bellator made Benson Henderson an offer he couldn't refuse. Forgotten in Flint: Where basketball was king, hoop dreams struggle to surviveFormer welterweight title challenger Rory McDonald has already stated that his next fight would be his last on his current UFC contract and that he would sign with the organization that offers him the highest compensation.Column One: In the ring, they were gods. In his picks for NFL Week 2, Sam Farmer predicts the Seahawks will beat the Patriots and the Raiders will beat the Saints in their Vegas opener.Not everyone can be Conor McGregor, so when former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Benson Henderson weighed where he stood in the organization as free agency struck, he departed for Bellator MMA.Henderson (23-5) became the highest profile fighter thus far to leave UFC, after making 14 appearances inside the octagon. “The ability to once again make some good, legitimate sponsorship money like I was making before the Reebok deal and bringing that back to the table was absolutely a factor.”In a new documentary, Paris Hilton opens up about the physical and emotional abuse she suffered at a disciplinary high school.Flint produced basketball stars years before one of the worst water crises in modern U.S. history.

UFC fighters are compensated in the Reebok deal, but there has been disillusionment for some, which has had the ripple effect on contract negotiations and caused fighters to test the market.Crews protecting the Mt. The victory capped off the final fight on Henderson’s UFC fight contract and from the sounds of it the former Lightweight kingpin may be looking for employment … After beating Jorge Masvidal in his last trip to the Octagon, Smooth hinted that he would be entertaining offers from other promotions after running out his UFC contract.

© Copyright 2020 Generation Iron Brands LLC, Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson says tons of UFC fighters are calling him asking about Bellator jobs.

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I'd be straight up lying if I said it wasn't a very big part of my decision to go to Bellator. Bellator is open to a fighters union -- fighters binding together to see what's in our best interest.

Henderson wishes to retire within the UFC, yet he’s choosing to potentially move to a smaller market rather than remaining with the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world. In one sense, it makes all the sense in the world. His relatives include ex-Rams star Bob Klein and other All-Americans.Sheriff’s response to the attack on two deputies has alarmed some activists, lawmakers and watchdogs, who fear the aggressive rhetoric is inflaming tensions.

It’s fine.

Spike TV will televise the bout from Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut.

The former UFC lightweight champion said that Bellator blew him away with a beneficial contract, other "intangibles" and an …