Despite having only fought twice in the welterweight division, it’s the 170lb title that Benson Henderson will be challenging for when he makes his Bellator debut on April 22nd at Bellator 153. When Henderson announced he had signed with Bellator many expected he would get an immediate title shot, it was just a matter of what division he would be fighting in. Now we know its Andrey Koreshkov’s welterweight title that will be on the line.
Henderson joins Bellator riding high on a two fight winning streak. He defeated Jorge Masvidal and Brandon Thatch in his last two fights as a member of the UFC. Before that he was on the first two fight losing streak of his career. He dropped a decision to Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 59 and was knocked out by current UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49 in August of 2014. On April 22nd Henderson will look to add another title to his resume as he is a former WEC and UFC lightweight champion.
Bellator welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov won the vacant title at Bellator 140 when he took a unanimous decision from Douglas Lima. It was the second time he’d fought for the Bellator welterweight title. He lost a decision to former champ Ben Askren in 2013. Koreshkov is also the Bellator Season 10 Welterweight winner. The champ only fought once in 2015, the title fight against Lima, and will have a tough task in front of him upon his return to the cage.
Bellator 153 is scheduled to take place April 22nd, 2016 at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and will air live on Spike TV. Other matchups for the card are expected to be announced in the coming days. Keep checking back with Pro Fighting Fans for more coverage on all things MMA.
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