Bellator 285 results, highlights: Benson Henderson defeats Peter Queally, Yoel Romero quits Melvin Manhoef


For the first time since 2019, Benson Henderson has won consecutive fights. Henderson defeated and outclassed Peter Queally in the Bellator 285 main event on Friday night. Henderson took a clear unanimous decision after five rounds of lightweight action that sent fans home disappointed at Queally’s hometown in Dublin.

Queally opened the fight to put significant pressure on the feet. Despite Queally’s aggression, Henderson avoided most of the incoming fire and took over the fight using heavy leg kicks and cage control via a body lock. Queally was left with a small cut high on the right side of his head as Henderson worked him down the side of the cage.

The leg kicks that had made Henderson so effective on the opening round failed early in the second frame when he slammed Queally hard to the groin. After a recovery period for Queally, the referee took a point from Henderson and told Henderson that Queally was now “not the same fighter he was” for the foul.

Henderson kept control by dictating the space and location of the fight, repeatedly closing distance to initiate clinches and forcing Queally to fight with his back to the cage or while on one knee while Henderson dropped the knees to the hamstring fall.

Henderson nearly closed the show on lap 4, forcing Queally back into the cage again before landing a hard right elbow under Queally’s eye, sending the Irishman slumped to the canvas. While Queally managed to survive the flurry, after five minutes of dominance it was another lap in the bench for Henderson.

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By the time the fight ended, Queally had found no response to Henderson’s choking attack, who ended the fight with one more moment of flair, throwing a kick as he lay on the canvas that mated neatly to the side of Queally’s head.

At the end of the fight, all three judges had identical scorecards of 49-45, the only downside for Henderson was the points deduction in the second round.

After the fight, Henderson made it clear that he has another title run in his sights when he declared the winner of the upcoming lightweight title fight between champion Patricky Pitbull and top contender Usman Nurmagomedov at Bellator 288 on November 18.

“Hey, Pitbull, all due respect, all due respect,” Henderson said. “If you win, let’s build a football stadium in Brazil. Hey, Usman, let’s build a football stadium in Russia if you win.’

In the co-main event, Yoel Romero won his second straight fight with a third-round knockout of Melvin Manhoef. The fight was a slow affair, with Manhoef achieving little offensively before Romero managed a late takedown and unloaded with punches and elbows that put Manhoef to sleep. As he had said before the fight, Manhoef retired from the sport after the fight and symbolically left his gloves in the middle of the cage.