Benson Henderson is an American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is a former UFC Lightweight Champion, WEC Lightweight Champion and interim UFC Featherweight Champion. As of August 12, 2019, he ranked #13 in official UFC lightweight rankings.
Henderson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His father is Korean and his mother is white. Henderson’s father was a taekwondo instructor and competed in mixed martial arts. Benson began training in taekwondo at age five. He later took up wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Henderson started his mixed martial arts (MMA) career in 2006, fighting mostly in the welterweight division. He compiled a record of 8-0 before signing with the WEC in 2008.
In his WEC debut, Henderson defeated Anthony Njokuani by unanimous decision. He then won his next two fights against Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone, respectively, to earn a title shot against then WEC Lightweight Champion and current UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo.
Henderson lost the bout via unanimous decision. After the loss to Aldo, Henderson went on a four-fight winning streak that included wins over Shane Roller, Ben Henderson (no relation), Mark Bocek and Anthony Pettis. The victory over Pettis earned him the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Benson Henderson Wife, Maria Henderson
Benson Henderson is married with his wife named, Maria Henderson. Couple is also blessed with children. Henderson proposed to his fiancée in the Octagon after his win over Gilbert Melendez at UFC on Fox 7.
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Benson And Maria Children
Benson has four children with his beloved life partner, Maria. They are the proud parents of three sons and a daughter, Kyong, Kub, Koah, and Knightley. Maria usually updates photos of their adorable kids on her verified Instagram account. She already has 6500 followers on social media and includes her phone number in her bio.
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