Reigning lightweight champion Benson Henderson (Pictured) has signed an eight-fight contract extension to remain with the UFC.
As customary with UFC contracts, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I’m very excited to let you guys know that [UFC owners] Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta aren’t tired of me yet,” Henderson posted on his Instagram. “Proud to announce that I just signed my new contract which will keep me around for at least eight more fights.”
Henderson couldn’t have picked a better time to re-up with the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion. Not only is he one month removed from throttling Nate Diaz to post his second straight title defense, but what the UFC offered 155-pound free agent Eddie Alvarez was recently made public because of the legal battle he’s entrenched in with Bellator.
Bendo made a reported $78,000 for his victory over Diaz. Half of his paycheck came via win bonus. Alvarez was offered a $250,000 signing bonus and $70,000 to show/$70,000 to win to join the UFC.
While Henderson likely benefited from Alvarez’s UFC contract offer, it appears money isn’t what motivates “Smooth.”
“This deal made me think long term and what it all means and what I’m here for,” Henderson added. “Am I really doing all this just to buy stuff and pay my bills??? Or do I have this platform/stage for something more???
“I hope I can use these few years to really inspire, introduce, encourage…”
Henderson owns a 18-2 professional record and is perfect through his past six scraps.