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Benson Henderson was born on the 16th November 1983, in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA, of African, American and Korean descent. He is probably best recognized for being a professional mixed martial artist (MMA), who competes in the divisions of lightweight and welterweight for Bellator MMA. He is also known for being the UFC Lightweight Champion, as well as the WEC Lightweight Champion. His professional career has been active since 2006.
So, have you ever wondered how rich Benson Henderson is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Benson’s net worth is over $2 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the sports industry as a professional mixed martial artist.
Benson Henderson Net Worth $2 Million
Benson Henderson spent his childhood in Federal Way, Washington. At the age of nine, under the influence of his mother Benson began to take Tae Kwon Do lessons alongside his brother, soon after reaching black belt level. He went to Decatur High School, where he began wrestling for the school’s team, and upon matriculation in 2001, he continued both education and wrestling at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, from which he graduated with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2006. He competed for the college wrestling teams, and thanks to his skills was named an NAIA All-American twice – in 2005 and 2006.
In the same year, Benson’s career turned professional, when he debuted in the match against Dan Gregary, defeating him. Although he lost his third fight against Rocky Johnson, he continued with success, and his seventh victory was over Diego Saraiva, a UFC veteran. In no time, he made his debut in the World Extreme Cage fighting at WEC 38, when he defeated Anthony Njokuani. Since then his career has only gone upwards, as well as his net worth. In 2009, Benson won the Interim WEC Lightweight Championship, when he finished the fight against Donal Cerrone with victory; he defended the title in the next two fights, but in a third against Anthony Pettis, he lost it in December of 2010. The match was named Fight of the Night.
Nevertheless, Benson continued to line up success after success, as he was transferred to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He made his debut in the fight against Mark Bocek in 2011, and in the following year he became the UFC Lightweight Champion, when he defeated Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision, which added a considerable amount to his net worth. In 2012, he was also named Fighter of the Year by ESPN, UFC and Sherdog. However, in August 2013 he lost the title to Anthony Pettis, but over the next two years, Benson took his MMA record to 22 – by, defeating Brandon Thatch.
Most recently, Benson in 2016 signed a contract with Bellator MMA to compete for them, making his debut in the Bellator Welterweight Championship against Andrey Koreshkov, which he lost. However, he continued to pursue further career.
To speak further of his career, Benson has also competed at the 2011 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship for the USA in Men’s Grappling, winning a bronze medal, which certainly increased his net worth.
When it comes to his personal life, Benson Henderson has been married to Maria Magana since 2014; the couple has a son, and their current residence is in Phoenix, Arizona.