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UFC Seoul: Benson Henderson to 'test' free market but plans to retire with UFC

Benson Henderson wants to "test the market" after his UFC contract expired when he defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC Seoul.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

After defeating Jorge Masvidal earlier today at UFC Seoul, Benson Henderson completed the last fight on his UFC contract.

The former lightweight champion, who lost the title to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164, removed his gloves and placed them on the canvas after beating "Gamebred", leading many to question his future in the promotion.

According to Henderson himself, the 32-year-old plans to retire with the UFC but wants to "test" the free market. "Smooth" spoke to MMAJunkie shortly after the win.

"When I retire, it will be retiring in the UFC - I know that for sure," he said. "But I'm going to test the market, yes."

After back-to-back losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone, Henderson revingorated himself as a welterweight contender, beating Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal in thrilling back-and-forth affairs.

The MMA veteran says he wasn't trying to send a message with the removal of his UFC gloves, but plans to retire with some fond memories.

"I'm not trying to send any message of any type, but if it plays out a certain way, I want to have some pretty good memories to go out on."

Henderson moved to 23-5 in his MMA career and 11-3 in the UFC. It's expected that the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt will break into the top welterweight rankings with his win over Masvidal.