Bellator 285 predictions — Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally: Fight card, start time, odds, live stream

Benson Henderson and Peter Queally could find themselves on the short list of lightweight title contenders with a win at Bellator 285. Henderson enters enemy territory against the Irish at Bellator 285 at Dublin’s 3Arena on Friday.

The Henderson (29-11) experience has been a mixed bag under the Bellator MMA banner. The former UFC lightweight champion is 6-6 since jumping promotions on strength of wins against Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal. His critical win over Islam Mamedov (21-2-1) in January put “Smooth” on the right track and placed him 3rd in the league. Usman Nurmagomedov positions him well in what’s probably the last run of his career, winning Queally’s only clear opponent ahead of Henderson and a doctor-stopping victory over champion Patricky Pitbull.

“This is the last four fights of my career,” Henderson said at Bellator 285 media day. “Give everything I’ve got, the best I can. After that, I’m done, it’s my wife’s turn. Give him a chance to become world champion. I’ll pick up the kids from school. Take them to chess practice, cook dinner, I’ll do all that. It’s much more It puts a lot of pressure: I have four left for the rest of my life. I think it puts more pressure, but I always add more pressure on myself to get the most out of myself.”

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If Queally (13-6-1) wants to stay relative in the lightweight division, a win by any means necessary. A second-round doctor’s stop for Patricky elevated her to the main event scene. A second-round TKO loss in the lightweight title rematch put all the flames out. The impression among some is that Queally technically won the first fight and Patricky proved to be the outstanding fighter in the rematch. Beating an aging and inconsistent Henderson is crucial if Queally cares about tackling that criticism.

“I was upset about mopping around the house for a week,” Queally told CBS Sports about the second Patricky fight. “I was very upset because — losing is losing, I’ve lost many times in life like everyone else — why was I so upset about that because I beat him. All odds were in my favor. everything was in my favor. I felt he was really ready to beat him. Even the fight itself was going great, I thought, until it happened…

“I think if the dominoes get in my way, it’s going to be a quick rematch. Or at worst, I’ll have another fight and then it’ll be obvious. I guess if I have a little luck and things go my way, I can fight.” Patricky is right after that.”

The other fight featured on Friday night could serve as its main event. Lightweight slugs are ready to fight when Yoel Romero beats Melvin Manhoef. Romero bounced back from a loss in his first promotional match against Phil Davis and secured a full TKO win over Alex Polizzi in May. The 45-year-old is 14-6 professionally, 12 of those wins come by knockout. Manhoef, 46, is as devastating as a stapler. He had a staggering 29 knockouts in 31 victories, the highest percentage of any pro fighter with at least 15 fights. he waits put the gloves down After the crash on Friday.

Here is the fighting card for the Bellator 285 with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook.

Bellator 285 card, odds

Benson Henderson -200 Peter Queen +170 Light
Yoel Romero -650 Melvin Manhoef +475 light heavyweight
Mads Burnell -500 Pedro Carvalho +380 feather weight
Dayana Silva -140 Leah McCourt +120 female featherweight
Ciaran Clarke -700 George Sasu +500 feather weight

Bellator 285 imaging information

History: September 23 | Start time: at 16:00
Location: 3 Arenas — Dublin, Ireland
TV channel: Show time

Prediction

Benson Henderson and Peter Queally: The game has caught up with Henderson, but his style still creates complex fights. Henderson fights from range with long hits and avoids damage. His longevity in the sport is a credit to his ability to avoid being hit clean—he was stopped from a strike just twice in 40 professional fights. This point fighting style has its drawbacks. A third of Henderson’s Bellator matches ended in split decision, only one of which benefited him. Queally, he matured too late in the sport. It took him six years to find his knockout strength, but he’s managed to find it several times since. Despite being in the top 10 alongside its name, it’s still too early to tell how high Queally’s ceiling is. Just 2-2 on Bellator with the first Patricky Pitbull fight that lacked real determination. Former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos is the only one to knock Henderson out. I don’t doubt that Queally has the consistency to stop Henderson or the way to beat him on a decision. Henderson via UD

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