Bellator Dublin results: Benson Henderson wins lopsided decision over Peter Queally, Yoel Romero retires Melvin Manhoef

Benson Henderson doesn’t mind spoilers for Irish audiences.

The former UFC lightweight champion won by a solid unanimous decision over hometown favorite Peter Queally in the Bellator 285 main event at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday. Henderson (30-11) led the team from post to post, using steady hitting, forward pressure and controlled control along the fence to beat Qualey (13-7-1) 49-45, with His only deduction was the result of a second-round groin kick.

While he was in control throughout, the 38-year-old American had his best moment in round 4, when he went down Queally with a monster standing elbow. Henderson swarmed to finish with strikes, but Querrey survived and eventually made it to the final horn.

“Man, Peter is so tough,” Henderson said later. “I knew I had a couple of super clean elbows and he just looked at me and walked up to me. I was like, ‘St. [crap]! That popular ‘zombie’ song – he’s a zombie. “

The win pushes Henderson’s Bellator record to 7-6 since signing with promotion in 2016. Afterwards, Henderson called for a Bellator 288 lightweight title fight between defending champion Patrick Pitbull and Usman Nurmagomedov on November 18.

In the night’s co-main event, Joel Romero (15-6) gave Melvin Manhoff (32-16-1) a brutal MMA send-off, leaving the 28-year veteran in the first Retired in three devastating knockout rounds.

After a sluggish start to two rounds, Romero stepped up his aggression in the final innings, pulling Manhof down and slapping him from the top with a hard punch and an elbow volley. Three particularly nasty elbows were the final death knell of Manhoff’s career, with the Dutchman unconscious on the canvas at 3:34 of the third round.

“Ladies and gentlemen, look at me!” cried an excited Romero. “I’m the best 185 in the world! No matter what the game, no matter the house, I’m the best 185 in the world. You need to fight me.”

After making his debut in 1995, Manhoef, 46, left MMA after nearly three years of fighting, which included knockouts from Mark Hunt, Kazuo Sakuraha, Kazuo Misaki and others.

“I don’t want to fight a nobody,” Manhof said after the game, taking off his gloves and placing them in the center of the cage. “I want to fight the name and I do what I can. I’ve been doing this for 28 years and it’s what I love and I thank you for all the support you’ve given me. But today, I think I have to fight Hanging up my gloves after 28 years. Thank you for your support, you make my life better, you make me feel alive.”

Elsewhere on the main card, Leah McCourt (7-2) won a controversial unanimous decision, beating Dayana Silva (10-8) in a match against Bellato Women’s Feather Welterweight champ Cris Cyborg, waiting for Cyborg’s contract status to be resolved. with promotions.

It was an underwhelming contest, and while Silva was victorious in many exchanges, it was McCourt who ultimately won over the judges, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 The score won the scorecard in her favor. Recovering from a loss to Sinead Kavanagh in February, it was her first setback in the Bellator cage.

In a crucial featherweight bout, SBG Ireland’s Pedro Carvalho (14-6) defeated Mads Burnell (16-6) by a tough unanimous decision 5 negative), ignited the Dublin audience.

The fight was a two-and-a-half story as Burnell dominated the game with a stifling groundwork for the better part of the first seven minutes, only for Carvalho to then pull ahead with his own reversal and level change. , including a dominant 3rd round that saw the 27-year-old take a big win on the flank, followed by minutes of ground and pounding.

In the end, Carvalho won the scorecards from all three judges (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), improving Bellato’s overall record to 6-3, while Burnell fell in the promotion to 3-2.

The night’s main card opener saw Ireland’s Karl Moore (10-2) come back from a three-year suspension with a dramatic comeback from Karl Albrektsson (13-4).

Moore was knocked down the fence by a standing elbow at the end of the first round, but he reversed his fortunes in the second round, knocking Albrexson down with both legs to Albrekson. Sen’s back effort then tucks away a rough chin crank at 2:36 of the bout to coax the end of the fight.

“I’ve been gone for three years, so I want someone at a high level. Karl Albrektsson is No. 7 in the Bellator rankings, so that puts me at the top,” Moore said. “Joel Romero, I might see you soon, boy.”

The full Bellator Dublin results are shown below.

Reserve card

  • Brian Moore def. Arrivaldo Lima da Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Brett Johns def. Jordan Winsky by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

  • Darrah Kelly def. Kay Stevens by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

  • Kane Moussa def. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Kenny Mohonoana def. Alex Bodnar Submitted by (Guillotine Choke) – Round 1, 2:42

  • Asael Adjoudj def. Jordan Barton via TKO (header, boxing) – Round 1, 2:39

  • Definition of Luca Poclet. Dante Schiro via sub (modified arm triangle) – Round 2, 4:31 | Watch complete

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