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Benson Henderson Inks New Deal With The UFC

Maybe all that talk of Eddie Alvarez entering the UFC and signing a large contract helped Benson Henderson after all. The current UFC lightweight champion posted on Twitter late Friday night that he has signed a new deal with the UFC.

“New deal done w/Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC, I’m a HAPPY man,” Henderson wrote.

Henderson thanked his management team, including Malki Kawa, for “staying late on this (business).” He later confirmed that the contract is an eight-fight deal and that it makes him “think long term.”

Earlier this week, “Smooth” got into several Twitter arguments over reports of Alvarez entering the UFC and earning over $70,000 for his first fight. Henderson recently was victorious in the main event of a UFC on Fox event, defeating Nate Diaz.

Currently, Henderson does not have a future opponent lined up. Rumors of Alvarez, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez or the winner of Anthony Pettis/Donald Cerrone have been discussed for Henderson.