Josh Thomson Advises Ben Henderson, Other Fighters to Test Free Agency, Sign With “The Highest Bidder”
By FCF Staff
Following UFC Fight Night 79 Benson Henderson announced he’s going to test the free agent market, and Josh Thomson is calling on the former champ to sign with whoever tables the best offer.
Henderson earned a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal this past weekend, which marked the last bout on his UFC contract. The fighter reported afterwards that he is going to see what’s out there in terms of offers.
Thomson moved from the UFC to Bellator earlier this year, and while speaking to MMA Fighting.com recently, he weighed in on Henderson’s situation:
“I’m not giving him advice,” Thomson said. “I’m giving all fighters advice. My advice to them is you have to treat this like you’re playing for the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers or you’re LeBron James going from Miami back to Cleveland. It’s a free market agency and one team wants you and one team wants to keep you. Go to the highest bidder. Whoever that is. Hence the free market.”
Thomson and Henderson fought in January, 2014, and the latter won the bout by split decision. Most recently Thomson submitted Mike Bronzoulis at Bellator 142 in September.