Benson Henderson vs. Saad Awad tapped for Bellator 208

Two-time Bellator title challenger Benson Henderson continues his road to redemption, while Saad Awad pushes for his first shot at a major title.

A Bellator official today told MMAjunkie the veteran lightweights will fight at Bellator 208, which takes place Oct. 13 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

The bout’s placement on the card has not been finalized. A Bellator heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout between ex-PRIDE champ Fedor Emelianenko and three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen serves as the headliner on the Paramount-televised main card, which follows prelims on MMAjunkie.

Henderson (25-8 MMA, 2-3 BMMA), a former UFC lightweight champ, got back in the win column in April with a submission win over former UFC star Roger Huerta. The fight put him back on course after a pair of pivotal setbacks in the lightweight division, first against now-former champ Michael Chandler and then opposite Patricky “Pitbull” Freire.

Awad (23-9 MMA, 11-6 BMMA), meanwhile, is riding a four-fight win streak punctuated by a June stoppage over Ryan Couture, the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Henderson is the most decorated opponent Awad has faced to date and marks an opportunity to break through the pack at 155 pounds.

Prior to stopping the young Couture, Awad said he would earn a title shot the old fashioned way – by winning fights.

“As long as I’m winning, you can’t deny it,” said Awad. “You look at Tony Ferguson in the UFC. He had a nine-fight winning streak before he got that title fight. Khabib (Nurmagomedov) had the same. I’m barely on a three-fight winning streak. If this is one of the guys I have to fight just to build that winning streak, (expletive) it, I’m going to take it.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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