UFC Lightweight star “Smooth” Benson Henderson was one of nine fighters awarded a Twitter bonus by UFC President Dana White on Tuesday. Henderson will be awarded $5,000 for having the most creative tweets among fighters with 10-30,000 followers.
Standing out among Henderson’s tweets were his live tweeting during the UFC 133 conference call and giving fans the ability to participate in the question and answer process.
“It’s really exciting to be recognized by the UFC for doing what I love to do anyways, interact with the fans,” stated Henderson, who is training to fight Clay Guida in the first UFC on FOX card Nov. 12 in Anaheim, Calif.
“The sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC have the best fans in the world and we share a level of interaction between fans and athletes not seen in any other professional sport. I am thankful that the UFC allows utilize social media tools to help with this.”
Henderson holds a 14-2 professional record, and is 2-0 in the UFC after previously holding the WEC Lightweight championship. In his last fight, Henderson dominated Jim Miller. He currently trains at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz.
Fans can follow Henderson through his Twitter handle @SmoothOne155
Fighters were awarded Twitter bonuses in four divisions, based on the number of followers for each fighter. Within each division, bonuses were awarded for most total followers, the highest percentage of growth in followers, and the most creative tweets.
All data was tracked and gathered by Digital Royalty. White selected the winners in the creative tweets category.
Twitter Bonus Recipients
Most Followers: Anderson Silva
Largest Percentage Growth: Anderson Silva
Most Creative: Forrest Griffin
Most Followers: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira
Largest Percentage Growth: Antonio Minotauro Nogueira
Most Creative: Joe Lauzon
Most Followers: Demian Maia
Largest Percentage Growth: Demian Maia
Most Creative: Benson Henderson
Most Followers: Cris Cyborg
Largest Percentage Growth: Cris Cyborg
Most Creative: Joseph Benavidez