Bellator Dublin is primed and ready to go down TODAY (Friday, September 23, 2022) inside the 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.
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Bellator Dublin Quick Results:
155 lbs: Benson Henderson vs. Peter Queally
205 pounds: Melvin Manhoef versus. Yoel Romero – Romero via third-round knockout
145 pounds: Ciaran Clarke against Rafael Hudson – Clarke via third-round submission (rear naked choke)
145 pounds: Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho – Carvalho via unanimous decision
145 pounds: Lea McCourt versus. Dayana Silva – McCourt by unanimous decision
205 pounds: Karl Albrektsson versus. Karl Moore – Karl Moore by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
135 pounds: Brian Moore vs. Arivaldo Silva-Moore via unanimous decision
155 pounds: Darragh Kelly vs. Kye Stevens – Kelly via unanimous decision
155 pounds: Georgi Karakhanian vs. Kane Mousah – Mousah via unanimous decision
145 pounds: Kenny Mokhonona versus. Alex Bodnar – Mokhonoana by First Round Submission (Guillotine)
170 pounds: Luca Poclit versus. Dante Schiro – Poclit via second-round submission (arm triangle)
145 pounds: Asaël Adjoudj vs. Jordan Barton – Adjoudj via TKO in the first round
135 lbs: Brett Johns vs. Jordan Winksi – Johns via unanimous decision
Bellator Dublin Play-By-Play:
155 pounds: Benson Henderson versus. Pierre Queally
205 pounds: Melvin Manhoef versus. Yoel Romero
Round 1: tentative start for both men. They trade low kicks. High kick from Manhoef, he slides to the canvas. Low kick from Romero and he drops Manhoef… I don’t know with what. Side control for Romero. Big shots from Romero. Side control for “Soldier of God”. Half guard now for Romero, not doing much with it. Romero looking for an Americana. He locked it away for a while before Manhoef escaped. Romero is still in side control, Manhoef like a fish out of water once he hits the ground. It’s not the most exciting ride, but Romero takes it. 10-9 Romero.
Round 2: Kick to the midsection lands from Manhoef. Low blow in return from Romero. Romero tags Manhoefl and dismisses him for a moment. He regroups. The two men are still trying to engage. Romero swarms and lands a big right hand. Manhoef has to let go. Romero shoots for a takedown, Manhoef defends well but eats a right hand for his effort. Romero drops to one knee, fakes a takedown. Mahoef bites. A low kick lands south of the border for Manhoef, Romero shakes it off. Romero tags Manhoef with a left hand that momentarily rocks him. Flying knee attempt from “Soldier of God”, blocked by Manhoef. 10-9 Romero
Round 3: Manhoef needs to show something here. And he gets busted by Romero. Side control for Romero. Romero goes up and he starts landing huge elbows, now unloading big bombs on a helpless Manhoef and he’s out! WOW. Romero came out of nowhere.
Final result: Romero defeats. Manhoef via third-round knockout
145 pounds: Mads Burnell vs. Pedro Carvalho
Round 1: Both men come out swinging. Burnell takes Carvalho done. He takes her back. Carvalho fights him off but Burnell slams him into the cage. Carvalho bounces back. Action against the cage. Fine knees from Carvalho land at the midsection. Burnell shoots for an out and he gets it. Carvalho gets back to his feet, but he has Burnell draped over him. Burnell slams it again but Carvalho bounces back quickly. Burnell makes a nice combo before shooting for another takedown. Carvalho can’t escape Burnell, who dominates this round. Carvalho finally split up and he starts to land before being taken down, again. 10-9 Burnel.
Round 2: Carvalho starts with low kicks, Nice jab work from Carvalho. Burnell lands a huge left, shoots for a takedown and he gets it. Burnell looking for the rear naked choke. Shots to the side of Burnell’s head. They scramble as Carvalho tries to get away, Burnell doesn’t have it. They separate and Carvalho is again shot. It’s a takedown masterclass for Burnell, I’ve lost count. Burnell again looking for the choke at the back. Carvalho escapes and he is now in control. But only for a second as Burnell lands a nice sweep. In side control now. Burnell takes Carvalho’s back. Guess what? Burnell knocks Carvalho down…again…with ease. Carvalho fights back and he has the advantage on foot. He now shoots for the takedown and he gets it. Burnell looks a little tired. Big elbows from Carvalho at the end of the round. 10-9 Burnel
Round 3: Carvalho opens the round strong. The high kick connects. Burnell really doesn’t have much on his feet. Nice low kick from Carvalho. Carvalho really spices up Burnell, who then looks for the takedown. Carvalho pushes Burnell against the cage and he unloads the knees from the clinch and he knocks Burnell down. Side control for Carvalho, who got a second win while Burnell looks absolutely exhausted. Nice elbows from Carvalho. Burnell isn’t really trying to get out of this position, he’s gutted. Carvalho tries to climb. Nice round from Carvalho, who hammers Burnell… but it may not be enough to claim victory.
Final result: Carvalho defeated. Burnell via unanimous decision
145 pounds: Lea McCourt versus. Dayana Silva
Round 1: Silva starts with a big right hand. McCourt eats it. Looks like a clash if heads. McCourt lands a nice combo then a knee down the middle. McCourt pushes Silva against the cage and releases the knees to the midsection. McCourt takes Silva’s back. Silva tries to escape. McCourt goes for the takedown and she lands a knee to Silva’s face. Silva manages to reverse the position and now has McCourt against the cage. Nice right hand from McCourt, and another. Silva shoots for the takedown and she gets it. McCourt gets back to his feet. 10-9 McCourt.
Round 2: Silva swings wildly. McCourt with a few jabs. Some sloppy strikes form both men to open the inning. McCourt begins to tighten it. A nice low kick lands for Silva, 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 carrying a minnow in his right eye. McCourt pushes Silva against the cage, Silva reverses his position. Knees to Silva’s midsection. Silva lands a nice left hand. Close round. 10-9 Silva.
Round 3: Push kick gets things started for McCourt. Looping right hand lands for Silva, then left. Silva is starting to find his rhythm. McCourt has to pick up the pace, but his eyes start to bulge, cut below his left. One-two misses for McCourt and once again Silva swinging wildly. Low blow for Silva. Three minutes remaining in a tight competition. Silva rushes in and only catches air with his onslaught of strikes. McCourt with another pushkick, she shoots for a takedown but it’s stuffed. Silva pushes his enemy against the cage. Knees to Silva’s midsection. McCourt started strong, but I have Silva winning the last two rounds. McCourt’s attack slows. Nice right hand from McCourt, then a left jab. Silva shoots for the tkaedown, takes McCourt’s back as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Silva
Final result: McCourt def. Silva by unanimous decision
145 pounds: Ciaran Clarke against Rafael Hudson
Round 1: Hudson opens with a low kick, then a left hook to the body, then a right hand tattoo drops Clarke! He swarms and is now in full guard. Clarke shakes off the cobwebs. Fighting for position and Clarke reaches for an armbar. Hudson gets away with it. Back in full custody. Clarke fires elbows from below and Hudson fires back. Clarke tries another armbar and Hudson comes out again and lands a huge hammer fist before getting back into guard position. Clarke is breathing hard after having Hudson on him in the first round. 10-9 Hudson
Round 2: Clarke comes out aggressive and eats an elbow to the head then a flying knee. That’s enough for him to shoot. Bad move because Hudson is now planting bombs. Hudson is on half guard now, transitioning to full. Clarke again with the elbows. Clarke manages to get up and they separate. Hudson has a striking style, it’s been effective so far. He tries a flying knee and he slips. Clarke is now on half guard. He’s looking for a bare rear choke, no dice. Lateral control now for Clarke. Lots of ground scrambling, Clarke looking for submissions while Hudson tries to survive. 10-9 Clarke
Round 3: Clarke shoots for the takedown and he gets it right away. Side control and he goes on guard. Hudson lets go of his back for a moment and Clark now looks for a rear choke. Shots to the side of the head for Clarke, scoring in an even fight. Clarke tries to flatten Hudson, he has both hooks. Rear strangulation attempt. He has an arm under his chin and Hudson momentarily slips away. Clarke is still working there. He locked it and Hudson taps! Big comeback for Clarke.
Final result: Clarke defeats. Hudson via third-round submission (rear naked choke)
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