Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson says tons of UFC fighters are calling him asking about Bellator jobs. Joe Rogan and Dana White react to ‘Smooth’ leaving and his future…
It’s been just a couple of days now since the former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson parted ways with the promotion. ‘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. Once again it’s the UFC-Reebok deal making waves for fighters.
It wasn’t long before UFC president Dana White reacted to the news of ‘Smooth’ heading to Scott Coker’s BMMA, and it was typical Dana White, as per MMAJunkie.com:
“The truth is we made him an offer that would have paid him substantially more – like not even in the same ballpark – than he’s getting now if he were to become world champion again, but he chose their deal, which offered more up front,” White said. “He’s a former world champion who’s ranked No. 15 now. We’re looking for top-5 guys, guys that are going from 15 to 1, not the other way around.
“But I’m honestly happy for Benson. I’m not angry. Who knows? This could be the last contract he ever signs. He got the right deal for him. He’s a great guy, and we wish him all the best.”
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan also reacted to Ben Henderson leaving the promotion and revealed the ex-champion was losing a ton of money fighting there.
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So once again, the UFC’s talk of poor fighter pay is doing the rounds. Amidst all this, Henderson says that a lot of UFC fighters are calling him and asking about fighting for Bellator:
“We know Dana,” Henderson (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) told MMAjunkie Radio. “You know, Dana. I know Dana. We’ve heard some other things he said. That was the worst he said? He didn’t say my momma was ugly; he didn’t say I was the worst fighter in history? If that’s all he said, that’s not too bad, considering his history of outlandish quotes.”