Bellator Dublin is primed and ready to go down TODAY (Fri., Sept. 23, 2022) inside 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, featuring a Lightweight bout between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion, Benson Henderson, taking on Peter Queally. In the co-headlining act, Melvin Manhoef and Yoel Romero will collide in a Light Heavyweight tilt.
Many readers check in before, during, and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action, which will begin at 1 p.m. ET with YouTube “Prelims” and then transition to Showtime at 3 p.m. ET for main card action. Feel free to leave a comment (or several) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!
155 lbs.: Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally – Henderson via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Melvin Manhoef vs. Yoel Romero – Romero via third-round knockout (HIGHLIGHTS)
145 lbs.: Ciaran Clarke vs. Rafael Hudson – Clarke via third-round submission, rear-naked choke
145 lbs.: Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho – Carvalho via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Leah McCourt vs. Dayana Silva – McCourt via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Karl Albrektsson vs. Karl Moore – Karl Moore via submission (rear-naked choke)
135 lbs.: Brian Moore vs. Arivaldo Silva – Moore via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Darragh Kelly vs. Kye Stevens – Kelly via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kane Mousah – Mousah via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Kenny Mokhonoana vs. Alex Bodnar – Mokhonoana via first round submission (guillotine)
170 lbs.: Luca Poclit vs. Dante Schiro – Poclit via second-round submission, arm triangle (HIGHLIGHTS)
145 lbs.: Asaël Adjoudj vs. Jordan Barton – Adjoudj via first round TKO
135 lbs.: Brett Johns vs. Jordan Winksi – Johns via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally
Round 1: Queally comes out aggressive. He lands a few shots that sends “Smooth” backward. Low kick lands flush for Henderson. Henderson shoots for a takedown but Queally stuffs it. Henderson with the single leg, no-go. Low-kick lands for Henderson. “Smooth” shoots for another takedown, he is struggling to get it, Queally defending well but Henderson takes him down to one knee. Queally gets back to his feet, Henderson shoots for a takedown again. Queally looking sharp with his striking. Queally cut below his left eye. Close round. 10-9 Queally.
Round 2: Low blow from Henderson to start things off. Queally is bleeding from his head, he is taking all the time he needs to recoup. Henderson is being deducted one point for the low blow. Action resumes. Queally coming out aggressive again. Nice kick to the body from Henderson. Queally returns fire and Henderson goes in and scores a takedown. Queally gets back to his feet. Henderson starts to land some knees on Queally’s thighs. Henderson pushes Queally up against the cage, looking for another takedown. Shots to the side of the body for Queally. Henderson looking sharp here. Knees to the midsection land for Henderson. Henderson wins this round. 9-9 due to the point deduction
Round 3: Low kicks land for Henderson, who avoids a huge shot from Queally and turns it into a takedown. Henderson pushes Queally up against the cage. Queally gets up but is eating one shot after another for his troubles. Henderson looking very sharp as he drags his foe back down to the canvas. Queally manages to get himself back up but still has Henderson draped all over him. This was another round won for Henderson. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 4: Henderson shoots for the takedown and he gets it early. Rinse and repeat for “Smooth.” He pushes Queally up against the cage and starts connecting with nice combos. Queally looks spent and he is down three rounds. Henderson is strong with his grip and isn’t letting the Irishman go. Henderson is sweating buckets, putting in a ton of work and a great performance. Queally’s bleeding has stopped, but he has yet to put in a ton of effective offense. 10-9 Henderson
Round 5: Technical difficulties. Bear with us….stream seems to have cut out for Showtime.
Final result: Henderson def. Queally via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Melvin Manhoef vs. Yoel Romero
Round 1: Tentative start for both men. They exchange low kicks. High kick from Manhoef, he slips to the canvas. A low kick from Romero and he drops Manhoef..not sure with what. Side control for Romero. Big shots from Romero. Side control for “Soldier of God.” The half guard now for Romero, not doing much with it. Romero looking for an Americana. He has it locked it in for a moment before Manhoef escapes. Romero is still in side control, Manhoef like a fish out of the water once he hits the ground. Not the most exciting round but Romero takes it. 10-9 Romero.
Round 2: Kick to the midsection lands from Manhoef. Low kick in return from Romero. Romero tags Manhoefl and sends him flying back for a moment. He regroups. Both men still tentative to engage. Romero swarms in and lands a big right hand. Manhoef needs to let his hands go. Romero shoots for a takedown, and Manhoef defends well but eats a right hand for his efforts. Romero drops to one knee, and fakes a takedown. Manhoef bites. Low kick lands south of the border for Manhoef, Romero shakes it off. Romero tags Manhoef with a left hand that rocks him momentarily. Flying knee attempt from “Soldier of God,” blocked by Manhoef. 10-9 Romero
Round 3: Manhoef needs to show something here. And he gets taken down by Romero. Side control for Romero. Romero mounts and he starts landing some huge elbows, now unloading big bombs to a helpless Manhoef and he is out! WOW. Romero with the knockout out of nowhere!
Final result: Romero def. Manhoef via third-round knockout
145 lbs.: Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho
Round 1: Both men come out swinging. Burnell takes Carvalho down. He takes his back. Carvalho fighting it but Burnell slams him to the cage. Carvalho bounces back up. Action up against the cage. Nice knees from Carvalho land to the midsection. Burnell shoots for a takedown and he gets it. Carvalho fights back to his feet, but he has Burnell draped all over him. Burnell slams him down again but Carvalho bounces up quickly. Burnell pops off a nice combo before he shoots for another takedown. Carvalho can’t get away from Burnell, who is dominating this round. Carvalho finally separated and he starts landing before he gets taken down, yet again. 10-9 Burnell.
Round 2: Carvalho starts off with low kicks. Nice jab work from Carvalho. Burnell lands a huge left hand and he shoots for a takedown and he gets it. Burnell looking for the rear-naked choke. Shots to the side of the head from Burnell. They scramble as Carvalho tries to escape, Burnell isn’t having it. They separate and Carvalho gets taken down again. This is a masterclass in takedown for Burnell, I’ve lost count. Burnell once again looking for a rear-naked choke. Carvalho escapes and he is now in top control. But only for a second as Burnell pulls off a nice sweep. In side control now. Burnell takes Carvalho’s back. Guess what? Burnell takes Carvalho down…again…with ease. Carvalho fights his way back up and he has the advantage on the feet. He now shoots for the takedown and he gets it. Burnell looks a bit tired. Big elbows from Carvalho as the round end. 10-9 Burnell
Round 3: Carvalho opens up the round strong. High kick connects. Burnell really doesn’t have much on the feet. A nice low kick from Carvalho. Carvalho really peppering Burnell, who then looks for the takedown. Carvalho pushes Burnell up against the cage and he is unloading knees from the clinch and he takes Burnell down. Side control for Carvalho, who has gotten a second wind while Burnell looks absolutely spent. Nice elbows from Carvalho. Burnell not really trying to get out of this position, he’s drained. Carvalho is trying to mount. Nice round from Carvalho, who is pounding away on Burnell… but it may not be enough to get the win.
Final result: Carvalho def. Burnell via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Leah McCourt vs. Dayana Silva
Round 1: Silva starts off with a big right hand. McCourt eats it. Look like a clash of heads. McCourt lands a nice combo and then a knee up the middle. McCourt pushes Silva up against the cage and unloads her knees to the midsection. McCourt takes Silva’s back. Silva trying to escape. McCourt trying for the takedown and she lands a knee flush to Silva’s face. Silva manages to reverse position and now has McCourt up against the cage. Nice right hand from McCourt, and another. Silva shoots for the takedown and she gets it. McCourt fights her way back to her feet. 10-9 McCourt.
Round 2: Silva swinging wildly. McCourt with a couple of jabs. Some sloppy striking from both women to open up the round. McCourt starting to tighten it up. Nice low kick lands for Silva, and McCourt lands a nice uppercut. Silva with a kick to the body and a looping left hand that somehow lands. McCourt with a straight right, then a knee to the head as Silva ducks. Another wild strike from Silva, catches nothing but air. Low-kick lands for McCourt. McCourt sporting a shiner in her right eye. McCourt pushes Silva up against the cage, Silva reverses position. Knees to the midsection from Silva. Silva lands a nice left hand. Close round. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: Push kick starts things off for McCourt. A looping right hand lands for Silva, then a left. Silva starting to find her groove. McCourt needs to pick up the pace, but her eyes are starting to swell, she is cut below her left one. One-two misses for McCourt and again, Silva swinging wildly. Low kick for Silva. Three minutes remaining in a tight contest. Silva rushes in and catches nothing but air with her onslaught of strikes. McCourt with another push kick, shoots for a takedown but it is stuffed. Silva pushes her foe up against the cage. Knees to the midsection from Silva. McCourt started strong, but I have Silva taking the last two rounds. McCourt’s offense slowing down. Nice right hand from McCourt, then a left jab. Silva shoots for the takedown, takes McCourt’s back as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Silva
Final result: McCourt def. Silva via unanimous decision
145 lbs.: Ciaran Clarke vs. Rafael Hudson
Round 1: Hudson opens up with a low kick, then a left hook to the bod,y and then a right hand that drops Clarke! He swarms and is now in full guard. Clarke shakes off the cobwebs. Fighting for position and Clarke looks for an armbar. Hudson gets out of it. Back in full guard. Clarke fires off elbows from the bottom and Hudson returns fire. Clarke trying for another armbar and Hudson gets out again and lands a huge hammer fist before getting back in the guard position. Clarke is breathing heavily after having Hudson all over him in round one. 10-9 Hudson
Round 2: Clarke comes out aggressive and eats an elbow to the head and then a flying knee. That’s enough to make him shoot in. Bad move as Hudson is now landing bombs. Hudson is in half guard now, transition to full. Clarke again with the elbows. Clarke manages to fight back to his feet and they separate. Hudson has an awkward punching style, It’s effective so far. He tries a flying knee and he slips. Clarke is now in half guard. He is looking for a rear-naked choke, but no dice. Side control now for Clarke. A lot of scrambling on the ground, Clarke looking for submissions while Hudson is trying to survive. 10-9 Clarke
Round 3: Clarke shoots for the takedown and he gets it right away. Side control and he transition to guard. Hudson gives up his back for a moment and Clark is now looking for a rear-naked choke. Shots to the side of the head for Clarke, scoring points in an even fight. Clarke is trying to flatten out Hudson, he’s got both hooks in. Rear-naked choke attempt. He’s got one arm under the chin and Hudson escapes momentarily. Clarke is still working for it. He as it locked it and Hudson taps! Great comeback for Clarke.
Final result: Clarke def. Hudson via third-round submission (rear-naked choke)
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