Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson in LW Championship

SANTA MONICA, CALIF – It’s a fight that both men have had their sights set on for quite some time, and now it serves as the main event of Bellator MMA’s return to the at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Nov. 19, when Michael Chandler (15-3) defends his Bellator MMA Lightweight Championship against Benson Henderson (24-6).

The tilt anchors a card that also features a welterweight feature bout pitting undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) against Menifee, Calif., native Fernando Gonzalez (25-13), after the two had originally been scheduled to fight at “Bellator 151” and “Bellator 158.”

“Iron” Michael Chandler will look to defend his belt for the first time since having it wrapped around his waist following a devastating first-round knockout over Patricky “Pitbull” at “Bellator 157: Dynamite 2.” A 15-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Chandler has consistently proven that he belongs among the world’s elite; collecting memorable wins over who’s who at 155-pounds including UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The 30-year-old Missouri native now looks to capture his third career title defense, after successfully defending the belt at both “Bellator 85” and “Bellator 97” during his 2013 reign. The veteran enters his fight with “Smooth” riding a hot streak of three straight victories and now sets his sights on handing Henderson his first Bellator MMA loss at lightweight.

The highly anticipated professional mixed martial arts debut of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. will come against Aaron Hamilton in a welterweight bout during the preliminary portion of the card.

Complete “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” Main Card:
Lightweight World Title Main Event: Michael Chandler (15-3) vs. Benson Henderson (24-6)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (25-11)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Adam Piccolotti (8-0) vs. Brandon Girtz (14-4)
Preliminary Card:
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Diego Herzog (3-2) vs. Nick Pica (5-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (17-9) vs. Justin Baesman (19-10-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jose Perez (2-1) vs. J.T. Donaldson (2-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (2-1) vs. Luis Vargas (Debut)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Hugo Lujan (0-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (Debut)
Welterweight “VOW” Preliminary Bout: Dominic Sumer (Debut) vs. Justin Roswell (1-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-0) vs. Dwight Grant (6-1)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sarah D’Alelio (10-6) vs. Jaimelene Nievera (4-1)

About Bellator MMA:
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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Bellator 160 results: Henderson vs Pitbull

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull took place August 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. LIVE and FREE on SPIKE.

This was the second fight of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson booked at Bellator. He returned to his lightweight class and compete with former featherweight champion who’s on the other hand went up a weight class Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire in hope to get a title shot at lightweight. Bendo was defeated by Andrey Koreshkov on his debut at Bellator 153 Welterweight Championship bout on April 2015. In the same event Pitbull fought Henry Corrales as the co main and won by submission.

Freire was giving kicks to the legs and body until he took Hendersdon’s back trying to get a takedown in the second round.  Henderson responds by going for a kimura but Freire was able to get out of it. The fight’s over when referee McCarthy stopped it as Pitbull can not stand any more due to an injury.

Benson Henderson will contend for the Bellator Lightweight Championship against Michael Chandler Jr.- the current title holder at Bellator 163 on November 19. The one who brutally finished the elder Freire during the co-main at Bellator: Dynamite 2 event. Pitbull was unsuccessful in seeking revenge for his brother due to unfortunate circumstances.

The Bellator 160 fight card results:

Benson Henderson def. Patricio Freire in round 2 via TKO injury

Derek Anderson def Saad Awad via UD

Georgi Karakhanyan def Bubba Jenkins in round 1 via KO

AJ McKee def Cody Walker in round 2 via sub (guillotine)

Chinzo Machida def Mario Navarro in round 1 via TKO

Joey Davis def  Keith Cutrone via UD

Gabriel Green def Alex Trinidad in round 2 via TKO

Steve Ramirez vs Ron Henderson – unaired before Spike TV.

Kyle Estrada vs David Duran – unaired before Spike TV.

Jacob Rosales def Mike Segura via UD

Andy Murad def Jonny Cisneros via UD

Jake Roberts def Stephen Martinez in round 1 via TKO

Bellator 160: Bennson ‘Smooth’ Henderson vs. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull takes place Aug 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. LIVE and FREE on SPIKE.

This will be the second fight of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson booked at Bellator. This time he will return to his lightweight class and compete with a former featherweight champion who’s on the other hand going up a weight class Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire for lightweight title shot. Bendo was defeated by Andrey Koreshkov on his debut Bellator 153 Welterweight Championship bout on April 2015. In the same event Pitbull fought Henry Corrales as the co main and won by submission.

The winner of this fight will contend for the Bellator Lightweight Championship against Michael Chandler Jr.- the current Champion who brutally finished the elder Freire during the co-main event of last week’s Bellator: Dynamite 2 event. Pitbull is seeking revenge for his brother.

Additional contests in the card will be announced in the coming weeks.

Benson "Smooth" Henderson VS George St. Pierre ?

After his win at UFC Seoul Korea Benson “Smooth” Henderson had a cryptic message to someone during his post fight interview.  As he was taking off his MMA gloves he looked in the camera and said “Was that impressive enough for you?”
The MMA world has been speculating on who he was addressing this question to and why he laid his gloves on the Octagon floor.  This week Benson revealed that he was directing his question to former champ George “Rush” St. Pierre.  It seems that Henderson has decided on a permanent move to the welterweight division and he wants to test himself against one of MMA’s greatest.
Will we ever see this match-up come to fruition?  Since Henderson is now a free agent and George St. Pierre is also not on the UFC roster, is it possible to see this fight happen outside the UFC?
All we can do is wait and see 🙂