Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (19-3, pictured) received some good news today, with MMAMania reporting that the twenty-nine year old can resume training immediately, after an elbow examination by physician Dr. Brian Shafer.
Henderson took on Anthony Pettis (17-2) at last Saturday’s UFC 164 event, where he lost his lightweight title after being caught in a first-round arm bar by the Milwaukee native, leading to a verbal submission. While Henderson was in noticeable pain following the bout, an examination from Los Angeles Dodgers team physician, Dr. Brian Shafer, revealed there was no lasting damage, leaving Henderson free to begin light training.
Benson Henderson released a statement to MMAMania following the examination, which read;
“My elbow isn’t going to be an issue. 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.”
While a return to action later this year isn’t out of the question, it is likely that Henderson’s next UFC appearance will take place in early 2014, where he’ll be looking to establish himself as a strong contender in the lightweight division once again.
Henderson had previously accepted an invitation to participate in the upcoming ADCC World Championship, which takes place next month, but with the former champion now facing a spell of minor rehab before he can train at full speed, it is unknown at this time if he still plans to compete.