Benson Henderson wants another chance at Bellator gold. Henderson made it clear who, what, and where he wants his next fight after a dominant 25-minute performance against Peter Queally in the main event of Bellator 285 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
Patricky Freire defends his lightweight title against the undefeated Usman Nurmagomedov in the co-main event of Bellator 288. If Henderson gets his wish, he wants to face the winner of the fight, regardless of who wins the gold. If 'Pitbull' wins the rematch, Henderson admits the fight will mean a little more.
He said after the fight “I want the title shot next,” Henderson told reporters at the post-fight news conference. “It’s the Russian vs. Brazilian. Mad respect for ‘Pitbull,’ I’m a huge Patricio, Patricky fan. Patricky has the belt, and he has a ‘W’ over me. So, I think it would be very apropos for him to win his fight and for me to square off against him, and take the belt from him since he has a ‘W’ over me.
“But if Usman happens to win, if it’s him instead, let’s go ahead and have Bellator set up a fight in Russia. Ohh, eww – Russia’s a no-no right now. So, maybe we go somewhere else in the Eastern Europe and go do a title shot over there somewhere.”
Henderson has had mixed results when dealing with both Freire brothers. Patricky avenged his brother's loss by split decision win at Bellator 183 in 2017.
If Henderson gets his way, it will be his third chance at Bellator gold during his time with the organization. Henderson made his Bellator debut after leaving the UFC, facing Andrey Koreshkov for the welterweight title at Bellator 153, but lost a unanimous decision. His second title shot came at lightweight against Michael Chandler at Bellator 165, but he lost a split decision.Henderson believes it's time for another shot at the lightweight title after back-to-back victories.
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