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

Benson Henderson didn’t mind spoiling the Irish audience.

The former UFC lightweight champion won a unanimous, albeit good, decision over hometown favorite Peter Queally on Friday in the Bellator 285 main event, which took place at the 3Arena Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Henderson (30-11) led the dance from pillar to pole, using a steady diet of takedown, forward pressure and clinch control along the fence to earn a 49-45 trio of scores over Queally (13-7-1) , with his lone point deduction is the result of a groin kick in the second round.

While in control the entire time, the 38-year-old American had his best moment in Round 4 when he dropped Queally with a monstrous standing elbow. Henderson was swarming with shots to finish, however Queally survived and eventually made it to the last horn.

“Dude, Peter is a tough guy to die for,” Henderson later said. “I know I got a super clean and good pair of elbows, and he just looked at me and stepped forward. I was like, ‘Holy [crap]! ‘ That damn song “Zombie” – it’s a zombie “.

The win brought Henderson’s Bellator record to 7-6 since he signed with promotion in 2016. Subsequently, Henderson called to face the winner of the Bellator 288 lightweight title bout on Nov. 18 between the champion in office Patricky Pitbull and Usman Nurmagomedov.

In the evening’s co-main event, Yoel Romero (15-6) gave Melvin Manhoef (32-16-1) a brutal MMA farewell, retiring the 28-year-old veteran with a devastating third-round knockout.

After a slow two-round opening, Romero ramped up his aggression in the final frame, knocking down Manhoef and pulverizing him with a flurry of hard punches and elbows from first position. Three particularly bad elbows were the last death knell on 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 in the world with 185 lbs! No matter what competition, no matter which house, I’m the best 185lbs in the world. You have to fight me. “

Manhoef, 46, steps away from MMA after a streak of nearly three decades highlighted by knockouts of Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kazuo Misaki and others, having made his debut in 1995.

“I didn’t want to fight anyone,” Manhoef said after the fight, taking off his gloves and placing them in the center of the cage. “I wanted to fight the names and did the best I could. I have been doing this for 28 years, this is what I love and I appreciate all the support you have given me. But today I think I have to hang up my gloves after 28 years of fighting. Thanks 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 pull at close range of a title shot against Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, in awaiting the termination of the status of Cyborg’s contract with the promotion.

It was a close contest, albeit uneventful, and although Silva got the better of many of the rallies, it was McCourt who ultimately drew the support of the judges, earning scorecards of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in his favor by rebounding from his February defeat to Sinead Kavanagh, which was his first setback in Bellator’s cage.

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

The fight was a two-stroke story, as Burnell controlled the action with stifling ground work for most of the first seven minutes, only for Carvalho to then move on with reversals and level changes of his own, including a Round Dominant 3 that saw the 27-year-old hit a big takedown in lateral control followed by several minutes of ground and pound.

Eventually, Carvalho won all three judges’ scores (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) bringing his overall Bellator record to 6-3, while Burnell dropped to 3-2 in promotion.

The opening of the evening’s main card saw Irishman Karl Moore (10-2) score a dramatic submission from behind by Karl Albrektsson (13-4) to win his return from a three-year suspension.

Moore was saved by the bell at the end of round one after being dropped from a standing elbow and then punched along the fence, however he reversed his fortunes in round 2, bringing Albrektsson to the ground with a double leg, working on Albrektsson’s back, then wrapping a gnarled crank of the jaw to coax an end-fight tapout at the 2:36 mark of the round.

“I’ve been out for three years so I wanted a top-notch guy. Karl Albrektsson is ranked No. 7 on the Bellator chart, so that puts me right on top, “Moore said.” Yoel Romero, I might see you soon, boy.

The full Bellator Dublin results can be seen below.

Preliminary card

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

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

  • Darragh Kelly def. Kye Stevens by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

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

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

  • Asael Adjoudj def. Jordan Barton via TKO (Head Kick, Punches) – Round 1, 2:39

  • Luca Poclit def. Dante Schiro via sub (modified arm triangle) – Round 2, 4:31 | Watch it finish

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