Benson Henderson once claimed he would be the most dominant champion in UFC history. A clear cut defeat at the hands of Anthony Pettis has cut that reign short though, via a devastating armbar no less.
Following the fight, Henderson was sent to Dr. Brian Shafer to have that elbow examined. Luckily for him, no structural damage was found, and the former champion will most likely be able to return to training almost immediately.
“My elbow isn’t going to be an issue,” Henderson said in a statement. “Dr. Shafer said I can resume training immediately, but to take it slow and steady for a couple of weeks and do my rehab work. Of course, I am anxious to get going full speed again but I will be smart and patient about it as well. I want to thank my hardcore fans for their awesome support, not just in the past week, but throughout my career. I can be better. I will be better.”
Henderson’s recent loss was only his third defeat in his entire career, and his first inside of the octagon. He is now currently ranked 19-3 overall, with a 7-1 record in the UFC. His next fight will likely determine where he lands now in the top ten, which will be instrumental in his journey back to the title.