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19th Feb 2018

Benson Henderson sends referee and opponent flying off stage during jiu-jitsu match

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Ben Kiely

Benson Henderson doesn’t fuck about in grappling matches.

Former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson was in London for Polaris 6 this weekend.

‘The Once and Future King’ took on AJ Agazarm in a no-gi match that provided the co-main event of the night. The first time these two duked it out in 2016, Henderson won via decision. Perhaps the pain of this defeat was weighing on Agazarm’s mind at the weigh-ins. During their staredown, he said something quietly to Henderson who shrugged it off with a wide smile washed across his face.

Once the fight began, it was Henderson who looked to make a statement. He sent his adversary flying off the stage, not once, but twice, during the contest. The first time, he shot in for a double-leg and sent him flying backwards to the ground. The referee stepped in to try to prevent the fall, but he too suffered the same fate as the fighters.

The next time Henderson tried the move, the referee understandably did a matador act and let them exit stage right.

However, as the ref evaded the trajectory of the takedown, the two fighters went bundling into Marc Goddard, who was one of the judges on the night.

Henderson ultimately won the rematch via decision meaning he’s now 2-0 up over rival Agazarm in jiu-jitsu. After the fight, he indicated that he wanted to compete more often in 2018 in both jiu-jitsu and inside the Bellator cage.