Bellator 285 Dublin Henderson vs Queally how to watch live stream, preview, start time, predictions fight card

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Bellator 285 Henderson vs Queally returns to Dublin, Ireland tonight, September 23, 2022, for a special fight night event inside 3Arena, featuring a Lightweight matchup between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Peter Queally. Melvin Manhoef and Yoel Romero will square off at Light Heavyweight, while Leah McCourt returns to battle, Dayana Silva.
With a victory at Bellator 285, Benson Henderson and Peter Queally might find themselves on the short list of lightweight title candidates. Henderson takes against the Irishman at Bellator 285 inside the 3Arena in Dublin on Friday.

When and Where Bellator 285 Henderson vs Queally

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 23
  • Main Fight card: 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. BST
  • Main event (approx): 6:15 p.m. ET / 11:15 p.m. BST
  • Location: The fight will take place at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

The main card will begin at 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. BST, with the main event cagewalks beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET / 11:15 p.m. BST. Because of the duration of the undercard fights, these times may alter.

WHAT CHANNEL/STREAM IS BELLATOR 285?

Showtime will broadcast the event in the United States, while BBC iPlayer will stream the bout in the United Kingdom.

Bellator 285 Dublin Henderson vs Queally Preview:

Benson Henderson and Peter Queally headline Bellator 285 from 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland on Friday.

Henderson, a former UFC lightweight champion and two-time Bellator championship challenger who is in desperate need of a win, last fought at Bellator 273 and defeated Islam Mamedov through split decision to halt a three-fight losing streak.

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Queally had won two straight fights before facing Patricky Freire for the vacant lightweight title at Bellator 270. But the 33-year-old fell short, being knocked out in the second round. So he returns to his homeland in search of the most meaningful victory of his career.

Everything you need to know about Bellator 285: Henderson vs. Queally is right here.

Henderson’s (29-11) tenure with Bellator MMA has been a mixed bag. The former UFC lightweight champion is 6-6 since making the switch to promotions, including victories over Brandon Thatch and Jorge Masvidal. In January, a key victory over Islam Mamedov (21-2-1) placed “Smooth” on the right track and secured him the No. 3 spot in the division. Usman Nurmagomedov is the only clear challenger ahead of Henderson, and a win over Queally, who has a doctor’s stoppage victory over champion Patricky Pitbull, puts him in a good position for what is likely his final run.

“This is my final four fights,” Henderson remarked at the Bellator 285 media day. “Give it everything I’ve got, the finest I’ve got.” After that, I’m finished, and it’s my wife’s time. Give her the opportunity to become a world champion. I’ll pick up the kids from school, take them to chess practice, and prepare meals. It adds to the pressure: I only have four years left in my life. I believe it increases the pressure, but I constantly increase the strain on myself to get the most out of myself.”

If Queally (13-6-1) wants to keep his lightweight status, he must win by any means necessary. Patricky advanced to the main event after a second-round medical stoppage. A second-round TKO loss in the rematch for the lightweight belt put out any fires. Some believe Queally won the first fight on a technicality and Patricky showed to be the better fighter in the rematch. If Queally wants to counter that charge, he must defeat an aging and erratic Henderson.

“I was depressed for a week just moping around the house,” Queally said of the second Patricky fight, according to CBS Sports. “I was so unhappy because — losing is losing, I’ve lost many times in my life, as have all of us — I was especially sad about that one because I had beaten him.” All of the odds were stacked in my favor for the following one. I had thrashed him. It was now five rounds instead of three, which I preferred. Everything that had changed was in my favor. I felt like everything was set up for me to beat him. Even the fight itself was going swimmingly, I reasoned until it wasn’t… I believe I became overconfident. I believed he was going out faster than he was, so I jumped in with that right hand, and he made me pay for it, and that was the end of it.

“I believe that if the dominoes fall in my favor, it will be a quick rematch.” Or, at least, I have one more struggle until it’s evident. “I think if I get some luck and things go my way, I’ll be able to fight Patricky soon after this one.”

The co-main event should be entertaining and messy for as long as possible. Yoel Romero, a multiple-time UFC title challenger, pits his supernatural strength against Melvin Manhoef, the sport’s most prolific knockout artist. Romero is a natural: he won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the Summer Olympics in 2000 and is now knocking out adversaries 15 years his junior 22 years later. Manhoef is the most consistent knockout threat in the sport. The 50-fight veteran, who plans to retire on Friday night, has the highest knockout rate of any professional boxer with at least 15 fights – an incredible 91% with 29 KOs in 31 victories.

BELLATOR 285 FIGHT CARD

Main Card

  • Benson Henderson vs Peter Queally; Lightweights
  • Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef; Light Heavyweights
  •  Pedro Carvalho vs Mads Burnell; Featherweights
  •  Dayana Silva vs Leah McCourt; Women’s Featherweights
  • Rafael Hudson vs Ciaran Clarke; Catchweight (150 lbs)

Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting at 1 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Winski vs Brett Johns
  • Arivaldo Lima Silva vs Brian Moore
  • Karl Albrektsson vs. Karl Moore
  • Kye Stevens vs Darragh Kelly
  • Kane Mousah vs Georgi Karakhanyan
  • Kenny Mokhonoana vs. Alex Bodnar
  • Asael Adjoudj vs. Jordan Barton
  • Luca Poclit vs Dante Schiro

Bellator 285 Dublin Henderson vs Queally Prediction

Peter Queally vs. Benson Henderson: Henderson’s style has caught up with him, but it still provides for difficult fights. Henderson fights from a distance with long kicks, avoiding damage. His ability to avoid getting hit clean has contributed to his longevity in the sport; he’s only been stopped from strikes twice in 40 professional fights. This point-fighting style has some disadvantages. Henderson’s third Bellator fight ended in a split decision, with only one in his favor. Queally was a late bloomer in the sport. It took him six years to discover his knockout power, but he has done so several times since. Despite his top-ten ranking, it’s too early to tell how high Queally’s ceiling is. He is only 2-2 in Bellator, with his debut fight against Patricky Pitbull lacking true decisiveness. Rafael dos Anjos, a former UFC champion, is the only guy to legitimately KO Henderson. I doubt Queally has the consistency or the style to beat Henderson in a decision. Henderson by way of UD

Bellator 285 Dublin odds:

FAVORITEUNDERDOGWEIGHTCLASS
Benson Henderson -200Peter Queally +170Lightweight
Yoel Romero -650Melvin Manhoef +475Light heavyweight
Mads Burnell -500Pedro Carvalho +380Featherweight
Dayana Silva -140Leah McCourt +120Women’s featherweight
Ciaran Clarke -700Georges Sasu +500Featherweight

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