Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson will look to secure a title shot in the Bellator lightweight division next month in Anaheim, California as he will meet former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the main event of Bellator 160.
Henderson (23-6) signed with Bellator earlier this year after his contract with the UFC expired and lost his Bellator debut in April against welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. Prior to his fight with Pitbull being announced, Henderson stated that he planned to return to lightweight and with a win at Bellator 160, he will secure a title fight against current Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.
On Tuesday in California, Henderson took part in the kickoff press conference for Bellator 160. He did multiple interviews with various media outlets and in an interview with Fight Hub TV, Henderson was asked about the potential of a fighters union.
“I think there needs to be a fighters union, association or something absolutely,” Henderson said. “Look at any other professional athlete in any sport of professional athletes, they have a union. They have an association. Tennis players, they are pretty smart. They have their act together. They have a union. NFL players. They are pretty smart. They have their act together. They have a union. Any sports. International soccer. Individual sports. Golf has there’s as well. I think as a professional athlete, you need too and it’s smart to have a vested interest as a collective. We don’t have that yet but hopefully in the not too distance future we can get that going.”
Check out Henderson’s complete interview with Fight Hub TV below, which also includes him talking about performance enhancing drugs in MMA.