Former UFC Champ Benson Henderson Escapes Major Elbow Injury

Written by Tom Ngo
September 6th, 2013

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Benson Henderson’s (pictured) right elbow may have gone snap, crackle and pop courtesy of Anthony Pettis’ armbar submission at UFC 164, but the news could be much worse for the now-former UFC lightweight champion.

This week, Henderson visited Dr. Brian Shafer, who is an elbow specialist in Phoenix and a team physician with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and learned there is no structural damage to his elbow.

“Smooth” can start training immediately, however there is no timetable for his return to the Octagon.

“My elbow isn’t going to be an issue,” Henderson expressed in the press release. “Dr. Shafer said I can resume training immediately, but to take it slow and steady for a couple of weeks and do my rehab work. Of course I am anxious to get going full speed again, but I will be smart and patient about it as well.

“I want to thank my hardcore fans for their awesome support, not just in the past week, but throughout my career. I can be better. I will be better.”

Henderson was abruptly caught in an armbar in the opening round of last Saturday’s rematch against Pettis. Henderson was in such a bad spot that he had to verbally submit because he needed to use his left arm to prevent a complete snap of his right elbow.

Referee Herb Dean didn’t even hear Henderson call it quits. Pettis did, in addition to hearing Henderson’s elbow pop, and relinquished the lock. Pettis had every right to keep ripping away until Dean stopped the fight, but he halted the assault on his own accord like a true sportsman.

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