Benson Henderson Says UFC’s Reebok Deal “Definitely Affected” Decision to Sign With Bellator
By FCF Staff
Several high profile fighters have criticized the UFC’s uniform deal with Reebok since it was implemented, and Benson Henderson has added his voice to that list.
Recently the former UFC lightweight champ entered free agency, and on Monday, it was announced he’s signed with Bellator. After the deal was confirmed, Henderson thanked the UFC and its executives for what they’ve done for his career.
Since then, Henderson appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the well rounded fighter said Bellator’s offer was too good to pass up. The 32 year-old also admitted that the Reebok uniform deal played a factor in his decision (quote via MMA Fighting.com)
“For a lot of other fighters, [Reebok] was not the best look for us,” Henderson said. “For me, I’ll say it definitely affected my decision in the grand scheme of things.”
The uniform deal prohibits fighters from wearing sponsorships during fight week, and several established veterans have claimed the agreement’s compensation is less than what they were making before.
Henderson, meanwhile, has been booked to fight Bellator’s welterweight champ, Andrey Koreshkov, on April 22nd.