Last month it was announced that former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson had signed with Bellator MMA, and would get an immediate title shot.
The move was a bit of a shocking one, however signing a former UFC champion was a big move for Bellator MMA.
Henderson took to his Facebook page to make the official announcement and thank the UFC and its employees for everything over the course of his nearly 7 year stint under Zuffa.
Given that, Henderson understands the role that the employees ‘behind the scenes’ play in events. It is because of that, that Henderson wishes his praise for the employees was given more attention.
He spoke to MMAJunkie to express his appreciation for the UFC employees.
“I wanted it to be a bigger part of the story, but of course you can’t choose what’s put out there or what people choose to take, but I really wanted to emphasize my thanks to all the guys behind the scenes at the UFC. They really do an amazing job. It’s not just talk. The guys behind the scenes at the UFC, they are awesome.”
“They are amazing at their job, and they make it so easy for us athletes to go out there and do what it is we love and to make sure we’re able to perform at our best because of all of the stuff they do behind the scenes,” Henderson said. “The PR department, the event operations department, answering back emails and getting your flights situated – the people behind the scenes at the UFC, I just want to say a huge thanks to the Zuffa guys.
“I’ve been there for what, six or seven years now – for a while – and the WEC, it was operated by Zuffa, also, so I knew all those guys for a long, long time, and they always had my back, always helped me out, always went out of their way, and I just want to say thanks to those guys. I said that in the thing I gave, and then in all the articles, it kind of got glossed over. I just want to emphasize how much of a thanks, how much appreciation I have for the guys behind the scenes at the UFC.”
Good guy Benson Henderson!