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UFC lightweight Ben Henderson targeting November return in South Korea

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With one fight left on his current UFC contract, former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson has his eyes on a November return to the Octagon in South Korea.

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Ben Henderson has always been one of the more active fighters in the UFC. This year he fought Donald Cerrone in January and then moved up to welterweight to defeat Brandon Thatch in a five-round fight just a few weeks later. He was scheduled to face Michael Johnson in the TUF 21 Finale main event in June, but the fight never became official due to an undisclosed injury that Henderson still isn't willing to fully disclose.

The good news for "Smooth" fans is that the former lightweight champion is almost in the clear to compete again, and he's ready to get back in the cage. On last night's UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that Henderson, whose mother is Korean, is interested in a November return on the South Korean card on the 28th. Whenever his next fight happens, it will represent the last on his current contract, but anything except the UFC retaining Henderson's services would be a major surprise.

Henderson (22-5) is ranked #6 at lightweight but as mentioned earlier did take a short-notice fight at welterweight vs. Thatch. He's even mentioned in the past that he's interested in a permanent move to 170, but those talks have cooled off. As far as he's concerned, as long as his next opponent is a compelling, high-profile match-up, then the weight class choice doesn't matter.

UFC Fight Night in South Korea is scheduled to stream live on Fight Pass.