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

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Benson Henderson was not averse to playing a trick on the Irish public.

The former UFC lightweight champion scored a unanimous decision victory over hometown favorite Peter Qualley on Friday in the main event of Bellator 285 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Henderson (30-11) led the dance from post to post, using a constant diet of takedowns, forward pressure and clinch control along the fence to score a 49-45 trio over Kueli (13-7-1), with his only deduction points was the result of a blow to the groin in the second round.

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While he was in control the entire time, the 38-year-old American experienced his finest moment in round 4 when he took Kuili down with a monster standing elbow. Henderson landed punches to finish, however Qualley survived and eventually made it to the final horn.

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“Dude, Peter is fucking awesome,” Henderson said afterward. “I know I landed a couple of very clean good elbows and he just looked at me and stepped forward. I thought: “Holy [crap]!’ That damn song “Zombie” – he’s a zombie.”

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The victory extended Henderson’s Bellator record to 7-6 since signing with the promotion in 2016. Henderson then called the winner of the November 18 Bellator 288 lightweight title fight between reigning champion Patricky Pitbull and Usman Nurmagomedov.

In the co-main event of the evening, Yoel Romero (15-6) gave Melvin Manhoef (32-16-1) a brutal MMA removal, sending the 28-year-old veteran into retirement with a devastating third-round knockout.

After a sluggish start to two rounds, Romero stepped up his aggression in the last frame, bringing down Manhoef and breaking him with a volley of hard punches and elbows from the top position. Three particularly nasty elbows were the final death knell of Manhoef’s career, leaving the Dutchman unconscious on the canvas at 3:34 of the third round.

“Ladies and gentlemen, look at me!” Romero yelled excitedly. “I am the best in the world at 185 pounds! No matter what competition, no matter what house, I am the best 185 in the world. You need to fight me.”

Manhoef, 46, is retiring from MMA after almost three decades of a career marked by knockouts of Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuo Misaki and others who debuted in 1995.

“I didn’t want to fight anyone,” Manhoef said after the fight, removing his gloves and placing them in the center of the cage. “I wanted to fight names and I did my best. I’ve been doing this for 28 years now, it’s what I love and I appreciate all the support you’ve given me. But today, I think I should hang up my gloves after 28 years of fighting. Thank you for your support, you make my life wonderful, you make me feel alive.”

Elsewhere on the main card, Leah McCourt (7-2) took a unanimous decision victory over Diana Silva (10-8) and stood within striking distance of her title shot against Bellator Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg while awaiting a decision on Cyborg’s contract status. with promotion.

It was a tight, albeit uneventful bout, and although Silva got the better of many of the trades, it was McCourt who ultimately drew the support of the judges, earning scorecards 29–28, 30–27, 30–27 in his favor. recovered from her February loss to Sinead Kavanagh, which was her first setback in the Bellator cage.

In a key featherweight bout, SBG Ireland’s Pedro Carvalho (14-6) set the Dublin crowd on fire with a hard-fought unanimous decision over fellow contender Mads Burnell (16-5).

The fight was two halves as Burnell controlled the flow of the fight with a ground choke for most of the first seven minutes, only for Carvalho to then pull ahead with turnarounds and level changes of his own, including a dominant round 3 that saw the 27-year-old striker made 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), raising his overall Bellator record to 6-3 while Burnell fell to 3-2 in the promotion.

In the first match of the evening, Irishman Carl Moore (10-2) scored a dramatic submission over Carl Albrektsson (13-4) and returned after a three-year hiatus.

Moore was saved by a bell late in the first round after being dropped by a standing elbow and then hitting the fence, however in the second round he changed his fortunes by knocking Albrektsson down with two legs, working into Albrektsson’s back, then twisting the gnarled jaw handle. to persuade him to end the fight at the 2:36 mark of the round.

“I was away for three years, so I needed a high-level guy. Karl Albrektsson is #7 on the Bellator rating, so that puts me in first place,” Moore said. “Yoel Romero, see you soon, boy.”

The full Bellator Dublin results can be seen below.

  • Benson Henderson vs. Peter Qualley by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 40-45)
  • Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef KO (ground and pound) – round 3, 3:34
  • Leah McCourt def. Dayana Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Pedro Carvalho vs. Mads Burnell via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Ciarán Clark def. Rafael Hudson submission (rear naked choke) – round 3, 2:50

  • Carl Moore beat. Karl Albrektsson submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 3:36

preliminary map

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

  • Brett Jones victorious Jordan Winski via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

  • Darra Kelly def. Kai Stevens via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

  • Kane Musa def. Georgy Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

  • Kenny Mohonoana def. Alex Bodnar submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:42

  • Asael Ajouj def. Jordan Barton TKO (head punches, punches) – round 1, 2:39

  • Luka Poklit beat. Dante Schiro via substitution (modified arm triangle) – Round 2, 4:31 | Watch finish


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