Benson Henderson dominates against Peter Queally

Bellator title challenger Benson Henderson in the previous two divisions proved unmanageable in the main event at Bellator 285, leaving the Irish crowd stunned by the one-sided display.

Before Peter Queally’s start against Henderson (30-11 MMA, 7-6 BMMA) in the main event, the entire arena was rocked by The Cranberries’ Zombies. Unfortunately for the hometown fighter, the pre-fight celebrations will be the only climax as he ends up on the wrong side of a dominant unanimous decision.

Bellator 285 was held at the 3Arena in Dublin on Friday. The main card airs on Showtime after the MMA Junkie prelims.

Queally (13-7-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) didn’t waste time putting pressure on Henderson, he sprinted across the cage and started putting together punch combinations. Henderson remained calm and walked away as the crowd chanted Qualey. Henderson took part in his fight, putting Qualey on the fence with one knee on the short hit. This will repeat for the next 20 minutes.

The second round was halted almost at the start after Henderson’s pounding south. Queally took time to recover and was deducted a point by the referee. When the fight resumed, Henderson was back in wrestling, fighting for control time on the fence while looking for short hits, but Qualey kept the situation.

After several foot swaps to start the third quarter, Henderson completed a knockout and unloaded a series of elbows after Qualey scrambled to put his back against the fence. Queally got back on his feet, but Henderson continued to unload strikes until the level was changed.

Henderson kept the pressure high at the start of the fourth round, with an early strike hurting Qualey. Quely was caught off the fence as Henderson unloaded his knee to his thigh and short elbow. Another five-minute one-sided action.

Unleashing the jump switch kick and punch combo, Henderson started the final round with great confidence. Henderson returned to the wrestling ring to seal the fight before Queally could launch any major offensive.

With the crowd silent, the judges sided with Henderson by the same score, 49-45, and Henderson used his postgame interview time to justify his second Bellator title.

With the victory, Henderson kept the momentum going after a split-decision victory over Islam Mamd’Auf in January. The former UFC lightweight champion won his seventh Bellator victory, which included wins over Miles Juri, Adam Piccolotti and Patricio Friar.

Queally’s result, on the other hand, marked the second straight setback after the Bellator 270’s vacant featherweight challenge loss to Patricky Freire. Before that, Queally had two consecutive second-round stoppage victories, one against Freire and the other against Ryan Range.

The full results for the Bellator 285 include:

  • Benson Henderson def. Peter Queally by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
  • Joel Romero def. Melvin Manhoef by Knockout (elbow) – Round 3, 3:34
  • Leah McCourt def. Dayana Silva unanimous decision (30-27, 29-29, 29-28)
  • Pedro Carvalho def. Mads Burnell by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-29, 29-28)
  • Ciaran Clark def. Rafael Hudson Passes Submission (Post Naked Choking) – Round 3, 2:50
  • Karl Moore definition. Karl Albrektsson Pass Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2, 3:36
  • Brian Moore def. Arivaldo Lima 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 via Tech Submission (Guillotine Chokes) – Round 1, 2:42
  • Asael Adjoudj def. Jordan Barton via TKO (header, punch) – 1st round, 2:39
  • Definition of Luca Poclet. Dante Schiro via technical submission (modified arm triangle) – Round 2, 4:31

For more information on the cards, visit the Bellator 285 Event Center at MMA Junkie.

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