Last week, UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson expressed frustration with the amount of money Eddie Alvarez was offered to sign with the organization after his peer’s deal was made public due to an ongoing legal dispute with Bellator. Specifically, if signed, Alvarez would receive $70,000 to show with another $70,000 coming his way if victorious, while Henderson only earned a total of $78,000 for his December title-defense against Nate Diaz.
It appears the UFC was listening to the 29-year old’s complaints and have made things right by inking “Bendo” to a new contract offering a salary increase in addition to job security for the next few years.
“I’m very excited to let you guys know that Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta aren’t tired of me yet. Proud to announce that I just signed my new contract, which will keep me around for at least eight more fights,” wrote Henderson on Instagram. “This deal made me think long term and what it all means and what I’m here for. 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 and do some of His will. I hope I can do all of this with my actions and not just my words.”
Henderson holds an overall record of 18-2 including a 6-0 record in the Octagon. In addition to Diaz, the former WEC title-holder also owns past triumphs over the likes of Clay Guida, Jamie Varner, Donald Cerrone, and Frankie Edgar. His next fight is likely to involve either the winner of Cerrone-Anthony Pettis or Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
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