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Benson Henderson

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Win Rate
72 %
Finish Rate
50 %
Decision Win %
67 %

Benson Henderson

Age
38
Height
5' 9 (175 cm)
Reach
71 in. (5' 11/180 cm)
Ape-Index
1.029
Stance
Southpaw
Nationality
United States
Main Division
Welterweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
John Crouch
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
black_belt
Biography
When Henderson was approximately 9 years old, his mother, Song, insisted that he take Tae Kwon Do lessons with his brother. After graduating from high school, he attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska and graduated in 2006 with a double major in criminal justice and sociology. While attending Dana College, Henderson was on the wrestling team, and was twice named an NAIA All-American. I made a decision, and whenever it came up, I passed the dutchie to the left hand side ... People have seen that.
Fighter Trivia
Henderson is a Christian and often refers to his faith in post-fight interviews. He has three sons and a daughter – Kyong, Kub and Koah – with his wife, Maria. Henderson proposed to his fiancée in the Octagon after his win over Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox 7.

Awards & Accolades

  • UFC: UFC Lightweight Championship (One time). Three successful title defenses
  • UFC: Three successful title defenses
  • UFC: Tied with B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov for the most consecutive Lightweight title defenses in UFC history - (3)
  • UFC: Unified the UFC Lightweight and Strikeforce Lightweight Championships
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Three times)
  • UFC: Performance of the Night (One time)
  • UFC: Three successful title defenses
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: WEC Lightweight Championship (One time). One successful title defense
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: One successful title defense
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: Interim WEC Lightweight Championship (One time)
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: Fight of the Night (Two times)
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: Submission of the Night (One time)
  • World Extreme Cagefighting: One successful title defense
  • ESPN: 2012 Fighter of the Year
  • ESPN: 2012 Fight of the Year vs. Frankie Edgar at UFC 144
  • ESPN: 2015 Best Fight of the Half-Year vs. Brandon Thatch
  • Inside MMA: 2012 Fighter of the Year Bazzie Award
  • MMAWeekly.com: 2012 Fighter of the Year
  • FightMatrix.com: 2012 Fighter of the Year
  • MMAFighting.com: 2010 Fight of the Year vs. Anthony Pettis on December 16
  • MMAFighting.com: 2009 Fight of the Year vs. Donald Cerrone on October 10
  • USA Today: 2010 Fight of the Year vs. Anthony Pettis on December 16
  • Sports Illustrated: 2009 Fight of the Year vs. Donald Cerrone on October 10
  • Sherdog: 2012 Fighter of the Year
  • Sherdog: 2009 Fight of the Year vs. Donald Cerrone on October 10
  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: 2011 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship Brown Belt Bronze Medalist
  • International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: 2014 World Jiu Jitsu No-Gi Championship Black Belt Bronze Medalist
  • Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: AZSBJJF MVP of the Year (2010)
  • Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: Arizona State Championship Brown Belt Middleweight Gold Medalist (Two times)
  • Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: Arizona State Championship Purple Belt Middleweight Gold Medalist (Two times)
  • Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation: Arizona State Championship Openweight Gold Medalist (Three times)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics: NAIA All-American (2005, 2006)
  • Washington Interscholastic Activities Association: WIAA 4A High School State Championship Runner-up (2001)
  • Washington Interscholastic Activities Association: WIAA 4A All-State (2001)

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Fighter Videos

Full Fight | Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson - Bellator 243
Full Fight | Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson - Bellator 165

 

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