Benson Henderson will challenge Andrey Koreshkov for the Bellator MMA welterweight title on April 22 in Uncasville, Connecticut.
ESPN.com confirmed the news with Bellator officials on Tuesday. The bout, which will mark Henderson’s promotional debut, will headline Bellator 153 inside Mohegan Sun Arena.
Henderson (23-5 MMA) is the former WEC and UFC lightweight champion. It was announced yesterday that ‘Bendo’ has agreed to sign a deal with Bellator rather than re-signing with the UFC. In his most recent fights with the UFC, the former lightweight champ, moved up to welterweight following a second loss to now former champion Anthony Pettis. At 17olbs, Henderson holds wins over Jorge Masvidal (decision) and Brandon Thatch (submission).
Standing opposite of Bellator MMA’s newest acquisition will be Koreshkov (18-1 MMA), a 25-year-old fighter out of Russia who took the title from Douglas Lima during a main event bout at “Bellator 140: Lima vs. Koreshkov” in July of last year. With only one defeat on his impressive resume, “Spartan’s” first title defense will likely put him in the position of underdog, a spot that champions rarely find themselves heading into a matchup. With 13 finishes in 18 victories, the 10-fight Bellator MMA veteran will attempt to stop a fighter who has only lost by knockout or submission three times in 28 outings.