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Benson Henderson vs. Islam Mamedov added to Bellator 273


It’ll be another home fight for Benson Henderson for his next outing at the Bellator.

The former WEC and UFC lightweight champion will face Islam Mamedov in the Bellator 273 main co-event on January 29 in Phoenix, Arizona. Showtime will air the main map, with preliminaries available for live streaming on YouTube and PlutoTV.

Henderson (28-11) is on the longest losing streak of his career, having lost three games in a row. In August of last year, he was knocked out by Michael Chandler, then relinquished a decision to Jason Jackson at welterweight later in November, and in his only appearance in 2021, he failed against Brent Primus at Bellator 268. in Arizona. His last win was a decision against Myles Jury in 2019, which capped his four-game winning streak.

Mamedov (20-1-1) comes off a rather questionable split-decision victory over Brent Primus at Bellator 263 in July. The Dagestan native has competed in the 2018 and 2019 PFL lightweight tournaments, retiring from the 2018 semi-finals with injury and losing a tiebreaker in the 2019 quarter-finals. His only loss dates back to 2009 against the former contender Bellator ‘Tiger’ Sarnavskiy on the regional stage.

Bellator 273 is featured in a heavyweight title fight between defending champion Ryan Bader and interim champion Valentin Moldavsky. Other fights were also announced alongside Henderson-Mamedov: Henry Corrales vs. Aiden Lee, Sabah Homasi vs. Jaleel Willis, Romero Cotton vs. Dalton Rosta, Sullivan Cauley vs. Ben Parish and Saad Awad vs. Chris Gonzalez.