Benson Henderson didn’t hesitate to spoil the Irish crowd.
The former UFC lightweight champion won a deep unanimous decision over hometown favorite Peter Queally on Friday in the main event of Bellator 285, which took place at Dublin’s 3Arena Arena. , in Ireland. Henderson (30-11) led the dance from pillar to post, using a steady regimen of takedowns, forward pressing and clinch control along the fence to win a 49-45 scoring trio over Queally (13-7-1), with his only point deduction being the result of a groin kick in the second round.
While in control throughout, the 38-year-old American had his finest moment in round four when he dropped Queally with a monster standing elbow. Henderson was teeming with strikes to finish, but Queally survived and eventually reached the final horn.
“Man, Peter is a badass,” Henderson said afterwards. “I know I landed a few super clean good elbows, and he just looked at me and came forward. I was like, ‘Holy [crap]!’ That fucking song ‘Zombie’ – it’s a zombie.
The victory pushed Henderson’s Bellator record to 7-6 since signing with the promotion in 2016. Afterwards, Henderson called to face the winner of the Bellator 288 lightweight title fight on November 18 between the champion in title Patricky Pitbull and Usman Nurmagomedov.
In the co-main event of the night, Yoel Romero (15-6) gave Melvin Manhoef (32-16-1) a brutal MMA send-off, taking the 28-year-old veteran out with a devastating third-round knockout.
After a slow two-round opener, Romero stepped up his aggression in the final frame, knocking Manhoef down and pulverizing him with a volley of hard punches and elbows from top position. Three particularly nasty nudges spelled the end of Manhoef’s career, leaving the Dutchman unconscious on the canvas at 3:34 of the third round.
“Ladies and gentlemen, look at me!” cried a fiery Romero. “I’m the best at 185 pounds in the world! No matter the competition, no matter the house, I’m the best 185-pounder in the world. You have to fight me.
Manhoef, 46, is stepping away from MMA after a nearly three-decade run highlighted by knockouts of Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuo Misaki and more, having made his debut in 1995.
“I didn’t want to fight anybody,” Manhoef said after the fight, removing his gloves and laying them in the center of the cage. “I wanted to fight names, and I did the best I could. For 28 years I’ve been doing this, it’s what I love, and I appreciate all the support you’ve given me But today I feel it’s time to hang up the gloves after 28 years of fighting Thank you for the support, you make my life great, you make me feel alive.
Elsewhere on the main card, Leah McCourt (7-2) won a controversial unanimous decision over Dayana Silva (10-8) to fire a title shot from within striking distance against Bellator Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg, pending the resolution of Cyborg’s contract status. with the promo.
It was a close but uneventful competition, and although Silva got the better of many rallies, it was McCourt who ultimately drew the judges’ support, posting scorecards of 29-28, 30-27, 30 -27 in his favor to rebound from his February loss to Sinead Kavanagh, which was his first loss in the Bellator cage.
In a decisive featherweight bout, SBG Ireland’s Pedro Carvalho (14-6) ignited the Dublin crowd with a hard-fought unanimous decision against fellow countryman Mads Burnell (16-5).
The fight was a tale of two halves, as Burnell controlled the action with stifling groundwork for the majority of the first seven minutes, only for Carvalho to then advance with reversals and level changes to his side, including a dominating Round 3 which saw the 27-year-old score a big takedown in side control followed by several minutes of ground and pound.
In the end, Carvalho won all three judges’ scorecards (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) to take his overall Bellator record to 6-3, while Burnell fell to 3-2 in the promotion.
The main card opener of the night saw Ireland’s Karl Moore (10-2) score a spectacular submission from Karl Albrektsson (13-4) to earn his comeback after a three-year layoff.
Moore was saved by the bell at the end of round one after being dropped by a standing elbow then hit along the fence, but he reversed his fortunes in round 2, knocking down Albrektsson with a double leg, working on his back from Albrektsson, then wrapping around a gnarled-jaw crank to coax a fight-ending tapout at the 2:36 mark of the lap.
“I’ve been out for three years so I wanted a top guy. Karl Albrektsson is ranked No. 7 in the Bellator rankings, which puts me way up there,” Moore said. “Yoel Romero, maybe I’ll see you soon, boy.”
Full Bellator Dublin results are available below.
Brian Moore won. Arivaldo Lima da Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Brett Johns beats. Jordan Winski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Darragh Kelly defeats. Kye Stevens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Kane Mousah defeats. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kenny Mokhonoana defeated. Alex Bodnar via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:42
Asael Adjoudj defeated. Jordan Barton via TKO (headbutt, punches) – Round 1, 2:39
Luca Poclit beats. Dante Schiro via sub (modified arm-triangle) – Round 2, 4:31 | Watch finish
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