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Bellator MMA returned to Dublin, Ireland tonight with a special main event between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Peter Queally.
Since his early days with Bellator MMA, Henderson has struggled with the business. By unanimous decision, he lost his first fight to Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 153 on April 22, 2016. After his rocky start, Henderson’s career record with the company stands at six wins and five losses.
He won his last fight against Islam Mamedov by split decision at Bellator 273 on Jan. 29. Although he didn’t have the Bellator MMA run that fans were hoping for, he is still ranked third in the lightweight division. A victory over Queally could bring Henderson closer to a fight or two for the Bellator lightweight championship.
Queally was looking to bounce back from their last defeat and secure a victory in his homeland of Ireland. He fell short of Patricky Pitbull by knockout at Bellator 270 on Nov. 11, 2021, for the vacant lightweight title. Prior to his loss at Bellator 270, Queally was on a two-fight winning streak, with one of his wins coming against Pitbull at Bellator 258 in May. 7, 2021.
The Ireland native is ranked seventh in the lightweight division. A win over Henderson could have put Queally in the top five and helped the company earn another opportunity to challenge for the lightweight title again.
Check out the main map highlights followed by the quick hits below!
Karl Moore won. Karl Albrektsson
Ciaran Clarke beats. Raphael Hudson
Yoel Romero beats. Melvin Manhoef
Benson Henderson beats. Pierre Queally
Bellator 285 quick results
- Main Event – Benson Henderson def. Peter Queally by unanimous decision (49-45 x3)
- Co-Main Event – Yoel Romero def. Melvin Manhoef via KO, R3: 3:34
- Women’s Featherweight Fight: Leah McCourt def. Dayana Silva by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27×2)
- Featherweight bout: Pedro Carvalho defeated Mads Burnell via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
- Bout Contract Weight (150): Ciaran Clarke def. Rafael Hudson via submission (rear naked choke), R3 – 2:50
- Light Heavyweight Fight: Karl Moore defeated. Karl Albrektsson by submission, R2 – 3:36
- Bantamweight Fight: Brian Moore def. Arivaldo Lima Silva by unanimous decision (30-27×3)
- Bantamweight Fight: Brett Johns def. Jordan Winski by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26×2)
- Lightweight Combat: Darragh Kelly def. Kye Stevens by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26×2)
- Light Combat: Kane Mousah defeats. Georgi Karakhanyan by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
- Featherweight fight: Kenny Mokhonoana def. Alex Bodnar via technical submission, R1 – 2:42
- Featherweight fight: Asael Adjoudj defeated. Jordan Barton via TKO, R1: 2:39
- Welterweight bout: Luca Poclit def. Dante Schiro via technical submission: R2, 4:31