Henderson Out Of Bellator Japan, Chandler To Face Outlaw
A highly-anticipated rematch has been put on hold for now. It was announced that Benson Henderson will no longer be competing at Bellator Japan against Michael Chandler due to injury. As a result, Sidney Outlaw will replace Henderson on the December 29th show.
Henderson (28-8) took to Rizin’s Twitter page to address the undisclosed injury he is dealing with.
“I just wanted to take the time to apologize and say that I got an injury and I will not be able to participate in the December 29 festivities in Japan, so I won’t make it out there,” Henderson stated. “I got hurt, I got an injury and I can’t fight, so I’m sorry. I’m hoping that Bellator sets it up, reschedules it for later on, Chandler and I, and we can be able to settle some things.”
— RIZIN FF OFFICIAL (@rizin_PR) December 5, 2019
The last time Henderson and Chandler (19-5) fought was at Bellator 165, where Chandler defeated Henderson via split decision. Since then, Chandler has lost, regained and lost the Bellator Lightweight Championship, going 3-2 in his last five. Henderson has gone 4-1 since then, beating Myles Jury via unanimous decision at Bellator 227.
In Henderson’s place will be the 27-year-old Outlaw (14-3), who last fought at Bellator 234, beating Roger Huerta via unanimous decision. Outlaw has fought for companies like Ring of Combat, Island Fights and Titan FC. He even has one win within the UFC, beating Michael Cora via unanimous decision on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. Outlaw has seven wins via submission and one via knockout.
It is unknown if this fight will continue to be the co-main event of the Bellator Japan card. The main event will be Fedor Emelianenko v. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.