Benson Henderson took off his UFC gloves, placing them inside the cage that he’s competed in for the past four years. It was a brief, but subtle moment, reminding us all he’d just completed the final fight left on his contract with Zuffa.
Sure enough, the former WEC and UFC lightweight champion said he’d be testing the waters as a free agent in mixed martial arts. He’d like to retire a fighter inside the Octagon, but not before seeing what else was out there for him.
Hypothetical matchups against Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks or WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje came to the minds of many.
For his part, Brooks would welcome a matchup against the man who twice defeated Frankie Edgar, edged out Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson and Nate Diaz. With few other viable contenders left to challenge for his crown inside the Bellator MMA cage, Brooks’ star could rise in a potential contest. He’s pretty confident in his chances, too.
Easy work. https://t.co/QZmXOOLUHB
— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) November 28, 2015
Henderson is fresh off a five-round split decision over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea. He’s 3-2 in his last five contests, only losing to current and former lightweight champions Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis, respectively.
Brooks, meanwhile, is a little under a month removed from a five-round unanimous decision victory against grappling savant Marcin Held at Bellator 145. The American Top Team fighter’s only loss has come against Saad Awad in February 2013, which he avenged no less than eight months later at Bellator 105.