Yesterday, Ariel Helwani announced that former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson has been forced to withdraw from his main event clash with surging contender, Michael Johnson. Both men were scheduled to captain the TUF 21 finale card on July 12, concluding the latest Ultimate Fighter tv series pitting Team Blackzilians against American Top Team.
For reasons unknown, the UFC never officially announced the bout and it is unknown whether injury has prompted Henderson's removal from the card, and whether or not Michael Johnson will face a replacement opponent on July 12. The Ultimate Fighter Season 21 finale will now feature a main event bout between welterweight hopefuls Jake Ellenberger and Stephen Thompson.
Benson Henderson last fought Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night 60, which saw Henderson topple the colossal 170-pounder, Thatch, in a David and Goliath-esque battle on February 14th. The former 155 lbs. champ bulked up to welterweight in less than a month since losing to Donald Cerrone in a closely contested decision at UFC Fight Night 59.
After his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Michael Johnson has risen to the occasion, earning his divisional stake as the #6 ranked lightweight in the world. The aspiring champion has won four straight, seeing off Joe Lauzon, Gleison Tibau, Melvin Guillard and Edson Barboza. The 28-year-old will look to further his quest for promotional gold with a win over a top ranked competitor.