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

Benson Henderson and Peter Queally could be on the shortlist of welterweight title challengers with a win at Bellator 285. Henderson enters enemy territory against the Irishman at Bellator 285 inside the 3Arena in Dublin on Friday.

Henderson’s (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 the strength of wins over Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal. A decision win over Islam Mamedov (21-2-1) in January put “Smooth” on track and earned him the No. 3 in the division. Usman Nurmagomedov is the only clear contender ahead of Henderson and a win over Queally, who has a stoppage win over champion Patricky Pitbull, positions him well in what is likely to be the final run of his career.

“These are the last four fights of my career,” Henderson said at Bellator 285 media day. “Give it everything I’ve got, the best I’ve got. After that, I’m done and then it’s my wife’s turn. Give her a chance become world champion. I’ll pick up the kids from school, take them to chess practice, make meals; I’ll do all those things. That puts a lot more pressure: for the rest of my life, they have four left. I think it adds more pressure, but I always put more pressure on myself to get the most out of myself.”

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A win by any means necessary is imperative if Queally (13-6-1) is to remain relevant at lightweight. A second-round doctor’s stoppage over Patricky elevated him to the main event stage. A second-round TKO loss in the welterweight title rematch extinguished any smoldering flames. The impression among some is that Queally won the first fight on a technicality and Patricky proved to be the superior fighter in the rematch. Beating an aging and inconsistent Henderson is essential if Queally is to combat that criticism.

“I was sad for a week just moping around the house,” Queally told CBS Sports about Patricky’s second fight. “I was very sad because — a loss is a loss, I’ve lost many times in my life like everybody — why I was so sad about that is because I had beaten him. The odds were in my favor going into this next one. . I had beaten him. Now it was five rounds instead of the three that would have suited me. All the things that had changed were in my favor. I felt that it was really decided that I should beat him. Even the fight itself was going perfect, I thought, until it wasn’t… I guess I got a little overconfident. I thought he was fading faster than he was and I dived in with my right hand and he made me pay for it and that was it.

“I think if the dominoes fall my way, it’s an immediate rematch. Or at worst, I have one more fight and then it’s clear. I think if I have a bit of luck and things go my way, I can fight. Patricky soon after.”

The next fight featured on Friday night could serve as her main event. The heavyweight sluggers will battle it out when Yoel Romero takes on Melvin Manhoef. Romero bounced back from a loss in his promotional debut against Phil Davis to score a knockout TKO victory over Alex Polizzi in May. The 45-year-old is 14-6 as a pro with 12 of those wins by knockout. Manhoef, 46, is just as devastating a puncher. He has scored 29 knockouts in his 31 wins, the highest percentage of any professional fighter with at least 15 fights. He expects that put the gloves away for good after Friday’s crash.

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

Bellator 285 card, odds

Benson Henderson -200 Peter Queally +170 Light weight
Yoel Romero -650 Melvin Manhoef +475 Light heavyweight
Mads Burnell -500 Pedro Carvalho +380 Feather weight
Dayana Silva -140 Leah McCourt +120 Women’s feather weight
Ciaran Clarke -700 George Sasu +500 Feather weight

Bellator 285 viewing information

Date: September 23 | Departure time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: 3 Arena — Dublin, Ireland
TV channel: Show time

prediction

Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally: The game has caught up to Henderson, but his style still makes for tricky fights. Henderson fights from a distance with long shots and avoids damage. His longevity in the sport is a credit to his ability to avoid clean hitting — he’s only been stopped twice in 40 professional fights. This style of point combat has its drawbacks. A third of Henderson’s Bellator bouts have ended by split decision with just one winner. Queally is very much a late bloomer in the sport. It took him six years to find his knockout power, but he’s managed to find it several times since then. Despite the top 10 ranking next to his name, it’s too early to tell just how high Queally’s ceiling is. He’s just 2-2 in Bellator with Patricky Pitbull’s first fight lacking real determination. Former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos is the only person to properly KO Henderson. I don’t doubt Queally has the stamina to stop Henderson or the style to beat him in a decision. Henderson via UD

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