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Benson Henderson

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  • Name: Benson Henderson
  • MMA Record: 24-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Smooth
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1983.11.16
  • Last Fight: September 23, 2017 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.9 lbs
  • Affiliation: MMA Lab
  • Height: 5'9" (175cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,221,000 USD
  • Born: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Glendale, Arizona
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: Dana College
  • Foundation Style: N/A

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Benson Henderson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Patricky Freire
24-7-0 17-8-0

Us Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.09.23
Odds: -205 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.9 lbs (70.7 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Michael Chandler
24-6-0 15-3-0

Us Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 155

2016.11.19
Odds: +145 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 154.9 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#28 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:26 Round 2 of 3, 7:26 Total

Br Patricio Freire
23-6-0 25-3-0

Us Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.08.26
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ru Andrey Koreshkov
23-5-0 18-1-0

Us Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2016.04.22
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Jorge Masvidal
22-5-0 29-9-0

Kr UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs. Masvidal
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.11.28
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Thiago Alves UFC UFN 79 2015.11.28
Reason: Alves Broken Rib
Cancelled Bout Jorge Masvidal UFC UFN 63 2015.04.04
Reason: Henderson Rescheduled to UFN 60
Win | Submission | Choke
3:58 Round 4 of 5, 18:58 Total

Us Brandon Thatch
21-5-0 11-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 60: Henderson vs. Thatch
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.02.14
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#7 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
UFC Fight Night 60 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
21-4-0 26-6-0

Us UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2015.01.18
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#24 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
Cancelled Bout Eddie Alvarez UFC UFN 59 2015.01.18
Reason: Alvarez Illness
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:31 Round 1 of 5

Br Rafael dos Anjos
21-3-0 21-7-0

Us UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: -600 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#23 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 49 Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:16 Round 4 of 5, 16:16 Total

Ru Rustam Khabilov
20-3-0 17-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.06.07
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $140,000 ($45K Base, $45K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs (70.5 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#33 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 42 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Josh Thomson
19-3-0 20-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs. Thomson
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2014.01.25
Odds: -320 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:31 Round 1 of 5

Us Anthony Pettis
19-2-0 16-2-0

Us UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.08.31
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: R-Swift - Awesome God
#26 Greatest Submission of All Time
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
UFC 164 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout TJ Grant UFC 164 2013.08.31
Reason: Grant Severe Concussion
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Gilbert Melendez
18-2-0 21-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2013.04.20
Odds: -330 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $200,000 ($100K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#20 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Nate Diaz
17-2-0 16-7-0

Us UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.12.08
Odds: -235 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 ($39K Base, $39K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.6 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Frankie Edgar
16-2-0 15-2-1

Us UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2012.08.11
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.4 lbs (70.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#49 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Frankie Edgar
15-2-0 15-1-1

Jp UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Main Event | Title Challenge | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs (69.9 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#48 Greatest Fight of All Time
#16 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#2 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
UFC 144 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Clay Guida
14-2-0 29-11-0

Us UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.11.12
Odds: -285 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $125,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus, $65K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#69 Greatest Fight of All Time
#22 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#12 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
UFC on FOX 1 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jim Miller
13-2-0 20-2-0

Us UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs. Lytle
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.08.14
Odds: +150 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $34,000 ($17K Base, $17K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#33 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Mark Bocek
12-2-0 9-3-0

Ca UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.04.30
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 156.5 lbs (71.0 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Anthony Pettis
12-1-0 12-1-0

Us WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis
Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.12.16
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#2 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2010
#1 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#8 Greatest Fight of All Time
WEC 53 Fight of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:57 Round 1 of 5

Us Donald Cerrone
11-1-0 11-2-0

Us WEC 48: Aldo vs Faber
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Lightweight | 155

2010.04.24
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $91,000 ($13K Base, $13K Bonus, $65K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#35 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
WEC 48 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
2:41 Round 3 of 5, 12:41 Total

Us Jamie Varner
10-1-0 16-2-0

Us WEC 46: Varner vs Henderson
Main Event | Title Match | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.01.10
Odds: +108 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 ($11K Base, $11K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 154.5 lbs (70.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#28 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Donald Cerrone
9-1-0 10-1-0

Us WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
Main Event | Interim Title | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.10.10
Odds: +278 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs (70.3 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
#5 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#22 Greatest Fight of All Time
#2 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
WEC 43 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:41 Round 1 of 3

Us Shane Roller
8-1-0 5-1-0

Us WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.04.05
Odds: +163 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Scott Fisher
Win | Submission | Choke
0:42 Round 2 of 3, 5:42 Total

Ng Anthony Njokuani
7-1-0 10-1-0

Us WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2009.01.25
Odds: +216 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 ($3K Base, $2K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Diego Saraiva

Us Arizona Regional

2008.10.04
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Ricardo Tirloni

Ca Maximum Fighting Championship

2008.07.25
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Mike Maestas

Ca Maximum Fighting Championship

2008.05.09
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Bryan Corley

Us Victory Fighting Championship

2007.12.07
Win | Submission | Punches

Us David Dagloria

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.06.23
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Rocky Johnson

Us Colorado Regional

2007.03.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Allen Williams

Us Victory Fighting Championship

2007.02.16
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Dan Gregory

Us Midwest Championship Fighting

2006.11.18

Benson Henderson Wiki Update Wiki

Fighting out of the little-known MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, Ben “Smooth” Henderson first burst onto the international MMA scene when he submitted dangerous striker Anthony Njokuani in his WEC debut in 2009. Since that fight, Henderson has been extraordinary at 155 lbs., winning the WEC Lightweight Championship over Jamie Varner in 2010 and defending it with a first-round submission of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone the same year.


Henderson has only been defeated twice since turning professional in 2006, and has finished more than 90% of his professional fights. A gifted collegiate wrestler with the grappling and striking power to back it up, Henderson’s greatest attribute may be his never-say-die attitude, which was on full display during his 2009 Fight of the Year candidate against Donald Cerrone, for the interim WEC Lightweight championship. During that fight, Henderson was damaged with punches and kicks and managed to escape several close submission attempts from Cerrone to grind out a close Unanimous Decision victory over five rounds. 


Henderson next unified his title with Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner, that saw Henderson win by submission in the third round. He then had a rematch with Donald Ceronne, with this fight being much different as Henderson won by guillotine choke in the first round. Henderson was then scheduled to face Anthony Pettis. In his match with Henderson, Pettis was able to get the better of "Bendo" several times with his kickboxing, and avoid being taken down by the champion's wrestling. After four close rounds, and the fight seemingly hanging on the fifth rounded, Pettis surprised Henderson by leaping of the kick, and performing his spectacular "Showtime kick" which would lead to him winning the round and the fight. The matchup was the last ever held by the WEC, and celebrated one of the best fights of 2010.  

Henderson's debut in the UFC following its acquisition of the WEC was a successful one, as he ground out a tough decision over Mark Bocek in front of 55,000 at UFC 129. The win helped ensure some measure of job security in the UFC's highly competitive 155-pound division. Henderson would follow this win up with Unanimous Decision victories over Jim Miller and Clay Guida securing himself a title shot against champion Frankie Edgar. Henderson won a Unanimous Decision over Edgar in the Fight of the Night but the fight was close enough to allow Edgar an immediate rematch. The rematch was even closer as Henderson won by Split Decision this time retaining the belt. He would face Nate Diaz in his second title defense and would dominate him for all 5 rounds on his way to a Unanimous Decision victory. The key to Henderson's victory was him repeatedly kicking, and even punching Diaz's leg, that his boxing stance left him open to. He was also able to avoid the challenger's brawling punches and celebrated submission game.


Henderson would face Gilbert Melendez next, who was Strikeforce's last lightweight champion. In a close fight Henderson would successfully defend his title for the third time beating Melendez by Split Decision. He would look to make his fourth straight title defense when he faced off against Anthony Pettis in a rematch. However Pettis was able to lock an armbar on him in the first round and beat him for a second time taking the belt from him again. He would get back on the winning track when he beat Josh Thomson by Split Decision in the Main Event at UFC on FOX 10.


On 7 June, 2014, Henderson faced Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov. Henderson won via RNC in Round 4 at 1:16. Making this his first finish in four years. For this victory Henderson won the Performance of the Night fight bonus. However the former champion would lose to Rafael dos Anjos by TKO for the first time in his career, Henderson was clearly upset with the stoppage as he thought he was fine to continue. But Big John McCarthy stands by his decision and said that he saw him go unconscious. He would lose his next fight in a rematch with Donald Cerrone by decison.


He would bounce back with two wins stepping up to welterweight over tough opponents Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal. Following the wins Henderson decided to test the free agent market and would actually end up signing a deal to fight with Bellator.



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