Bellator lightweight contender Josh Thomson is pretty familiar with Benson Henderson’s current status as a free agent fighter in mixed martial arts.
Henderson just competed in what could possibly be his final fight for the UFC, entering the free market as a talented fighter with valuable assets for just about any fight promotion — including Bellator MMA, World Series of Fighting, ONE Championship and the UFC.
The former lightweight champion is well on his way to being a hot commodity, and Thomson thinks he should take advantage of it.
“I’m not giving him advice,” Thomson said to MMAFighting. “I’m giving all fighters advice. My advice to them is you have to treat this like you’re playing for the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers or you’re LeBron James going from Miami back to Cleveland. It’s a free market agency and one team wants you and one team wants to keep you. Go to the highest bidder. Whoever that is. Hence the free market.”
Thomson fights Friday in San Jose, taking on Pablo Villaseca in the “Punk’s” second outing with Bellator. The former Strikeforce lightweight champion was 1-4 in his previous five contests before being picked up by the Viacom-led promotion.
“You know what people are afraid of? They’re afraid to see what they’re actually worth,” Thomson said. “I’m telling you right now, you’re worth more than you realize. And that’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to find out. Sometimes it might not be the one you wanted. But guess what? It’s probably going to be a little bit better than had you just stuck it out where you were.”