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Benson Henderson Bellator 253 Pre-Fight Conference

Benson Henderson interview above

The Bellator featherweight grand prix continues on Thursday with Bellator 253, which takes place a Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The semifinal round of the 16-man tournament goes down in the main event as Darrion Caldwell (15-3 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) vs. A.J. McKee (16-0 MMA, 16-0 BMMA) in the main event this matchup will determine who enters the finals for the shot at $1 million and the Bellator featherweight championship.

Benson Henderson met MyMMANews and the media in attendance to answer questions about his upcoming fight, watch above.

Henderson (28-9 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) is moving back up to 170 pounds for the first time in eight fights when he takes on Jason Jackson in the co-main event of Bellator 253 on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The matchup was officially announced less than a week ago, but Henderson doesn’t expect that to be a factor. The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion explains that the weight cut has always been his toughest battle before stepping into the cage. Competing at welterweight means he can focus on the fight and not the weight.

Henderson will look to bounce back from his first stoppage loss in seven years to Michael Chandler in the main event of August’s Bellator 243. Heading into that matchup, “Smooth” had won four straight fights, which includes victories over Roger Huerta, Saad Awad, Adam Piccolotti and Myles Jury.

Bellator 253: Caldwell vs. McKee fight card

Main Card

  • Darrion Caldwell vs. A.J. McKee
  • Benson Henderson vs. Jason Jackson
  • Joey Davis vs. Bobby Lee
  • Keith Lee vs. Raufeon Stots

Preliminary card

  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Matt Bessette
  • Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Kaheem Murray
  • Gaston Bolanos vs. Johnny Soto
  • Jaleel Willis vs. Mark Lemminger
  • Jay Jay Wilson vs. Sergio de Bari
  • Sullivan Cauley vs. Mark Glover

Watch Bellator 253 on Thursday night

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