UFC lightweight Benson Henderson, who lost the divisional championship at last Saturday’s UFC 164 via armbar submission, escaped any significant injury despite hearing his right elbow pop during the fight-ending finish.
Upon returning to Phoenix this week, Henderson visited board-certified orthopedist Dr. Brian Shafer, a physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and after an examination, learned there was no structural damage.
In a statement released to FOX Sports and other media outlets through his publicist, Henderson said he has yet to establish a return timetable.
“My elbow isn’t going to be an issue,” he said. “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.” The 29-year-old had been attempting to set a UFC record with his fourth straight lightweight title defense, but lasted just 4:31 in losing for the first time since his first bout with Pettis in Dec. 2010, seven fights ago.
Pettis, meanwhile, is also on the mend, requiring 7-8 weeks of recovery after suffering a sprained knee. When he returns, he is expected to meet No. 1 contender T.J. Grant.