Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull took place on Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and the main event ended in bizarre fashion.
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson took on Patricio “Pitbull” Freire in the fight card’s featured bout. After a lackluster opening round, Freire suffered a foot injury that forced the end of the fight.
Henderson started slow and never got out of first gear. Freire landed several leg kicks, but suffered the injury when one was checked by Henderson. Freire turned away from the action and halted the fight. It was the first time in his career that he’s been stopped.
“I knew for sure when I checked two of his kicks. If you watch the replay, he backed away right away,” said Henderson about the injury stoppage. “We’ve worked on checking kicks after the Anderson Silva whole thing. Everyone was kind of working on checking kicks. I didn’t ever think I would end a fight by checking a kick, but I guess I’ll take a W any way I can get it.”
With the win, Henderson solidified himself a shot at the lightweight title held by Michael Chandler. The two will meet on Nov. 19.
“He’s a tough dude. I’ve looked forward to fighting him for a really long time,” said Chandler, who watched the fight ringside.
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