Bellator President Scott Coker Wants Benson Henderson At Lightweight


Benson Henderson returned to action at Bellator 253 and after being defeated by Jason Jackson, Bellator President Scott Coker wants to see Henderson make a change.

Coker would like to see Henderson, who has dabbled at welterweight, compete exclusively at lightweight.

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“That’s my vote,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “One-seventy for him is too big, I feel, and everything is going to be an uphill battle for him. Not that everything at 155 won’t, but at least the cards are the same, and they’re not stacked against him at that point.”

Henderson has competed at both lightweight and welterweight in Bellator, earning a 5-5-0 record in the promotion.

The Bellator President also revealed that Henderson replaced an injured Lorenz Larkin at Bellator 253.

“He took this fight almost as a favor for us because Lorenz Larkin was supposed to fight,” Coker said. “(Larkin) got injured, something happened, he couldn’t fight. Benson stepped in on about 30 days’ notice to take this fight. So, I know he likes fighting at 170, but at the same time we’re going to have a conversation about staying at 155 because he’s still a great fighter. He’s still tough. I think he still has some gas left in the tank. We just gotta get the right opportunity for him.”

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