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 hostile 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 the right track and earned him the No. 3 ranking 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 for the likely final stretch of his career.

“These are the last four fights of my career,” Henderson said at Bellator 285 media day. “Give it my all, my best. After that, I’m done, and then it’s my wife’s turn. Give her a chance to be a world champion. I’ll pick up the kids from school, take them to practice chess, make meals, I’ll do all of that. It’s a lot more pressure: for the rest of my life, I have four left. I think it adds more pressure, but I always add more pressure to myself to do my best ยป.

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Winning by any means necessary is imperative if Queally (13-6-1) is to remain relevant at lightweight. A second doctor’s interruption for Patrick put him on the main event stage. A second-round TKO loss in the lightweight title rematch extinguished the flames. The impression among some is that Queally won the first fight by technical means and Patricky proved to be the superior fighter in the rematch. Beating an aging and inconsistent Henderson is paramount if Queally is to combat that criticism.

“I was upset for a week just moping at home,” Queally told CBS Sports about the second Patricky game. “I was so sad because — a loss is a loss, I’ve lost many times in life like everybody — the reason I was so sad is because I had beaten him. All the odds were in my favor for that next one. I had beaten him. It was now five rounds instead of the three that would have suited me. All the things that had changed were in my favor. I felt it was really ready for me to beat him. Even the fight itself was going great, I thought, until it wasn’t. .. I think I was a little overconfident. I thought it was fading earlier than it was and I dived with that right hand and it made me pay for it and that was it.

“I think if the dominoes fall my way, it’s an immediate rematch. Or worse, I have one more fight and then it’s obvious. I think if I have a bit of luck and things go my way, I could fight Patrick right away after this”.

The other fight featured on Friday night could serve as its own main event. The light heavyweight sluggers are set to 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 coming by way of knockout. Manhoef, 46, is just as devastating a puncher. He has scored an astonishing 29 knockouts in his 31 wins, the most of any professional fighter with at least 15 fights. He waits to put the gloves away for good after Friday’s clash.

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

Bellator 285 card, odds

Benson Henderson -200 Peter Queally +170 Lightweight boxer
Yoel Romero -650 Melvin Manhoef +475 Light heavy
Mads Burnell -500 Pedro Carvalho +380 Lightweight boxer
Diana Silva -140 Leah McCourt +120 Women’s fin
Ciaran Clarke -700 George Sasu +500 Lightweight boxer

Bellator 285 viewing information

Date: September 23 | Start time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: 3 Arena — Dublin, Ireland
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Prophecy

Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally: The game has caught up with Henderson, but his style still makes for complicated matches. Henderson fights from distance with long kicks and avoids damage. His longevity in the sport is a credit to his ability to avoid being hit cleanly — he was stopped just twice in 40 professional games. This style of scoring has its drawbacks. A third of Henderson’s Bellator fights have ended by decision with only one going in his favor. Queally is a latecomer to the sport. It took him six years to find his knockout power, but he’s managed to find it a few 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 only 2-2 in Bellator with first fight Patricky Pitbull lacking any real determination. Former UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos is the only person to properly KO Henderson. I don’t suspect Queally has the consistency to stop Henderson or the style to beat him in a decision. Henderson via UD

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