Benson Henderson dominates against Peter Queally

Former Bellator two-division title challenger Benson Henderson proved too much to handle in the main event of the Bellator 285, leaving the Irish audience stunned by the one-sided performance.

Peter Queally, who rocked the entire arena with his Cranberries’ “Zombie” strike, plunged into the scene moments before the main event against Henderson began (30-11 MMA, 7-6 BMMA) . Unfortunately for the hometown fighter, the pre-fight celebration would be the only highlight, as he ended up on the wrong side of a dominant unanimous decision.

Bellator 285 took place on Friday at the 3Arena in Dublin. The main card aired on Showtime following the preliminaries on MMA Junkie.

Queally (13-7-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) wasted no time putting pressure on Henderson, as he quickly darted through the cage and started putting punch combinations together. Henderson remained calm and walked away in a circle as the crowd sang for Queally. Henderson went to his grappling game, blocking Queally up to one knee against the fence as he hit short. This would be repeated over the next 20 minutes.

Round two stopped as soon as it started after a hard Henderson kick went south. Queally took his time to recover and was hooked to a point by the referee. When the action resumed, Henderson returned to the wrestling game, racking up control time against the fence while looking for short shots, but Queally kept things on their feet.

After a few foot swaps to start the third, Henderson completed a takedown and dumped a set of elbows after Queally scrambled back to the fence. Queally got back on his feet, but Henderson continued to dump the strikes until he changed levels.

Henderson kept the blood pressure high to start round four, injuring Queally with early jabs. Queally covered against the fence as Henderson unloaded his knees on his thigh and short elbows. It was another five minutes of unilateral action.

Unleashing a jumping switch kick and punch combinations, Henderson’s confidence was incredibly high to start the final round. Before Queally could arrange any significant offense, Henderson returned to wrestling to seal the fight.

With the crowd silenced, the judges scored identical scores of 49-45 in favor of Henderson, who used his post-fight interview time to sustain another shot at Bellator’s title.

With the win, Henderson maintains momentum after a split decision victory over Islam Mamdeov in January. The former UFC lightweight champion leaves with the seventh win of his Bellator series, which includes wins over Myles Jury, Adam Piccolotti and Patricio Freire.

On the other hand, the Queally result marks the second consecutive setback after a vacant defeat in the lightweight title challenge against Patricky Freire at the Bellator 270. Previously, Queally had two consecutive wins by stoppage of the second round, one of Freire and the other against Ryan Scope.

Full Bellator 285 results include:

  • Benson Henderson def. Peter Queally by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45)
  • Yoel Romero def. Melvin Manhoef by KO (elbows) – Round 3, 3:34
  • Leah McCourt def. Dayana Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-29, 29-28)
  • Pedro Carvalho def. Mads Burnell by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-29, 29-28)
  • Ciaran Clarke def. Rafael Hudson via submission (choke on the back) – Round 3, 2:50
  • Karl Moore def. Karl Albrektsson via submission (choke on the back) – Round 2, 3:36
  • Brian Moore def. Arivaldo Lima 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 via technical submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:42
  • Asael Adjoudj def. Jordan Barton via TKO (Head Kick, Punches) – Round 1, 2:39
  • Luca Poclit def. Dante Schiro for technical submission (modified arm triangle) – Round 2, 4:31

For more information on the card, visit the MMA Junkie Event Hub for Bellator 285.

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