Henderson’s defense pays off at Bellator 160

Some are calling it controversial others see the stoppage as a good win for Benson Henderson last Friday at Bellator 160. The former WEC/UFC champion has earned a shot at the lightweight title held by Michael Chandler after coming out as the victor against his opponent although it was not a visually stunning victory; it was a victory none-the-less.

Check one or two leg-kicks and a fighter will stop throwing leg kicks. That is what famed mixed martial arts commentators will say when a leg-kick is checked because they know the pain of shin-bone to shin-bone. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire had his kicks checked at the main event of Bellator 160 and learned the hard way, what happens when you continue to throw them full power and disregard the pain from the first checked kick.

Freire deserves some credit for his tenacity; if he had the conditioned legs of many Dutch strikers perhaps things could have gone another way. He was pushing the pace during the fight, but that would partly be his downfall as well. Thankfully the injury was not as horrific as Anderson Silva’s when his kick was checked by Chris Weidman at UFC 168, but something was bothering Freire enough to turn and wave off the fight in round two.

Henderson cited that fight between Weidman and Silva as part of his motivation to improve his skill set in the cage. It may not have been a spectacular win, but as Henderson said he will “take the ‘W’ anyway he can get it.”

Let’s hope Freire’s injury is not too bad and he can return to the Bellator cage soon.

Bellator 160 Results

Benson Henderson defeats Patricio Pitbull via R2 TKO (injury)
Derek Anderson def. Saad Awad via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Bubba Jenkins via KO (punch) at :53 in round 1
AJ McKee def. Cody Walker via Submission (Guillotine) Round 2 — :32
Jake Roberts def. Stephen Martinez via TKO (punches) at 4:34 of round 1
Gabriel Green def. Alex Trinidad via TKO (punches) at 2:01 of round 2
Andy Murad def. Jonny Cisneros via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
Joey Davis def. Keith Cutrone via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
Jake Roberts def. Stephen Martinez via TKO (punches) at 4:34 of round 1
Chinzo Machida def. Marlo Navarro via TKO (punches) at 2:57 of round 1
Jacob Rosales def. Mike Segura via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)

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