Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull
By Edward Carbajal
Benson Henderson was a former champion and is looking for a title in his new home at Bellator MMA. This Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California Bellator 160 will see Henderson face Patricio “Pitbull” Freire for the number one Lightweight Contender spot. The winner gets a shot and current champion Michael Chandler.
Both men are hungry for a Bellator title, Henderson made his debut with a welterweight title shot at Bellator 153 and came up short. Now, it looks like he wants to test the waters at the 155 pound weight class. Is this really a test though? Remember, he is a former WEC and UFC lightweight champion. Chances are he may have a better outing here than he did against Koreshkov.
Freire has a little more than a title shot in mind. His brother, Patricky fought the current champion for the title and lost badly by getting knocked out. Patricio had some words for Chandler when his brother was handed the loss and Chandler celebrated his win. No doubt revenge is on his mind first and the title would be a nice consolation prize.
There does not seem to be any bad blood between Henderson and Freire at the moment leading up to Friday’s main even but that could always change at weigh-ins. See the main event card info below:
“Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” SPIKE-Televised Main Card:
Lightweight No. 1 Contender Main Event: Benson Henderson (23-6) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (25-3)
Saad Awad (19-7) vs. Derek Anderson (13-2)
A.J. McKee (4-0) vs. Cody Walker (7-2)
Bubba Jenkins (11-2) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-6-1)
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.