Bellator 196 Results: Benson Henderson Submits Roger Huerta

It’s once again fight day here at LowKickMMA, and the talent on display tonight (Friday, April 6, 2018) will come in the form of Bellator 196. Headlining the card are Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta, but there’s a whole bunch of great fights also taking place on the rest of the main card. Benson Henderson […]

The post Bellator 196 Results: Benson Henderson Submits Roger Huerta appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

It’s once again fight day here at LowKickMMA, and the talent on display tonight (Friday, April 6, 2018) will come in the form of Bellator 196. Headlining the card are Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta, but there’s a whole bunch of great fights also taking place on the rest of the main card.

Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta meet in a lightweight bout in the main event. In round 1, Henderson caught a body kick and landed a big right hand. Henderson  with a head kick and a right hand that hurt Huerta. Henderson took him down in the middle of the round. Huerta was bleeding from his right temple. Huerta was able to get back to his feet and they clinched. Henderson  was trying to get a takedown but kept getting stuffed. Huerta took him down with three minutes to go. Henderson got back to his feet. In round 2, Henderson tripped him right out of the gate but Huerta got back to his feet and Henderson locked in the guillotine choke for the win.

Adam Borics and Manuel Gaxhja meet in a featherweight bout in the co-main event. In round 1, a wild pace to kick things off. Borics dropped him and took him down. Borics got half guard and rained down strikes from top position to end the round. In round 2, Borics stayed on him and Gaxja was trying to get into his grove and build his momentum. Borics KO’d him with a perfect flying knee and that was a wrap.

Denise Kielholtz vs. Lena Ovchynnikova is next in a women’s flyweight bout. In round 1, Kielholtz was able to clinch and take her down just a minute into the round. Ovchynnikova was able to get back to her feet and Kielholtz dropped her with a right hand but Ovchynnikova got back up quickly. In round 2, Kielholtz walked her down and kept the pressure on her. They exchanged leg kicks and it turned into a kickboxing bout. Ovchynnikova scored a takedown late in the round but Kielholtz got back to her feet. In round 3, this was very similar to the second round as they kept striking and continued a solid pace. For the last seconds of the round, they had a wild exchange with Kielholtz taking her down to end the round and win the fight.

Giorgio Belsanti vs. Brian Moore is next in a featherweight bout. In round 1, Moore dropped him with a right hand after a wild exchange. Moore got on top in half guard. Belsanti regrouped after being rocked. Moore was able to lock in the guillotine choke for the win.

Opening the main card on Spike TV is Ion Pascu vs. Ed Ruth in a catchweight bout. In round 1, they trade strikes early with Ruth pressing forward. Pascu was tagging him with jabs but Ruth didn’t back down. Ruth kept his hands down, which was a mistake. Ruth slipped but got up and took him down with a single leg. He got on top and rained down some strikes from half guard. Pascu got back to his feet near the end of the round. In round 2, they kept the action on its feet for the majority of the round with both fighters getting their stuff in. Ruth started to increase the pace and volume with Pascu covering up more. Ruth had a lot of confidence as he had his hands low the whole time. Truth tripped him late in the round and rained down more strikes to end the round. In round 3, Ruth took him down right out of the gate and got guard but Pascu went for a guillotine choke. Truth was able to get out of it and landed some more strikes. Ruth dominated this round and won the fight by decision.

Here are the results for this event:

MAIN CARD (Paramount Network/9 p.m. ET)

Benson Henderson def. Roger Huerta by submission (choke). Round 2

Adam Borics def. Teodor Nikolov by knockout. Round 2

Denise Kielholtz def. Petra Castkova by unanimous decision

Brian Moore def. Giorgio Belsanti by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1

Ed Ruth def. Ion Pascu by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/7 p.m. ET)

Norbert Novenyi def. Mehmet Yueksel by submission (choke). Round 1

The post Bellator 196 Results: Benson Henderson Submits Roger Huerta appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Bellator 196: Henderson vs. Huerta Preview

Bellator MMA is gearing up for their next event after taking a few weeks off. However, their back and it looks like an exciting night of fights by looking at the card on paper. Bellator 196 is set to take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Budapest, Hun…

Bellator MMA is gearing up for their next event after taking a few weeks off. However, their back and it looks like an exciting night of fights by looking at the card on paper. Bellator 196 is set to take place on Friday, April 6, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary at the Budapest Sports Arena. The […]

The post Bellator 196: Henderson vs. Huerta Preview appeared first on MMA News.

Benson Henderson Plans to Restart his Career After Recent Anti-Climatic Run

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson plans to turn his career around, and it all starts with his next fight. James Gallagher was slated to fight Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC), who returns to Bellator for the first time since 2010, at Bellator…

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson plans to turn his career around, and it all starts with his next fight. James Gallagher was slated to fight Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC), who returns to Bellator for the first time since 2010, at Bellator 196. However, Gallagher had to pull out of the fight. Now, Henderson […]

The post Benson Henderson Plans to Restart his Career After Recent Anti-Climatic Run appeared first on MMA News.

Benson Henderson Has ‘No Problem’ Battling Opponent And Judges In Bellator

Benson Henderson’s time with Bellator hasn’t gone as planned thus far and the former UFC lightweight champion will be the first to admit it: “Anti-climatic. Not as advertised,” he said of his Bellator run during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I know I’m a big name still for Bellator, but I haven’t brought the […]

The post Benson Henderson Has ‘No Problem’ Battling Opponent And Judges In Bellator appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Benson Henderson’s time with Bellator hasn’t gone as planned thus far and the former UFC lightweight champion will be the first to admit it:

“Anti-climatic. Not as advertised,” he said of his Bellator run during Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I know I’m a big name still for Bellator, but I haven’t brought the goods, so it’s on me. it’s squarely on my shoulders to back it up, to bring the goods.”

A major knee injury has likely contributed to his rough patch, but “Smooth” has gone just 1-3 since debuting in the promotion in 2016. His last two losses, defeats to Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire, have both come via split-decision and Henderson is well aware that the judges may not always be on his side.

If that’s the case, then Henderson will now look to focus on keeping his fights out of the hands of the three judges sitting cage side:

“We all know how MMA judging goes,” he said. “Sometimes [you’re] on the good side and sometimes [you’re] on the bad side of it. I’ve been on the bad side of it in Bellator so far. It feels like it’s not just me and other person in there. It’s me and three other judges and the other person. If that’s the case, and that’s what it is, I have to battle myself, I have to battle my opponent and the judges. If I have to keep it out of their hands, so be it. No problem, it’s just another challenge I have to accept and overcome.”

Looking to rebound, Henderson will next take on veteran Roger Huerta in the main event of Bellator 196, which is set for April 6, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary.

At age 34, “Smooth” likely has quite a bit of fight left in him, but it’s important to note that he once said he would hang up his gloves at 33. Things have obviously changed and the former champion is now set on leaving the sport ‘on top’:

“Whenever it is I am done with this sport, I want it to be on my terms,” he said. “Whenever that point is, making sure it’s me on top, walking away with my held high.”

The post Benson Henderson Has ‘No Problem’ Battling Opponent And Judges In Bellator appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Benson Henderson Returns At Bellator 196

Bellator MMA announced former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s next fight on Tuesday afternoon. James Gallagher was slated to fight Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC), who returns to Bellator for the first time since 2010, at Bellator 196. However, Gallagher had to pull out of the fight. Now, Henderson steps in to fight Huerta in […]

The post Benson Henderson Returns At Bellator 196 appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Bellator MMA announced former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s next fight on Tuesday afternoon.

James Gallagher was slated to fight Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC), who returns to Bellator for the first time since 2010, at Bellator 196.

However, Gallagher had to pull out of the fight. Now, Henderson steps in to fight Huerta in a lightweight showdown.

This event will also feature a flyweight contest pitting Bellator women’s 125-pound kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz (1-1) versus Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5, 1 NC) and a featherweight battle between SBG Ireland’s Brian Moore (10-6) and Giorgio Belsanti (7-6-1).

Following his departure from the UFC, Henderson’s time with Bellator has not gone as planned up to this point. He has decorated resume and had momentum on his side prior to his signing with the Viacom promotion.

Henderson holds wins over some of the top-ranked fighters in the world including Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone (x2), Frankie Edgar (x2), Gilbert Melendez and Jorge Masvidal.

This marks the first time since facing Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 33 that Huerta has fought inside the Bellator cage. He is fresh off of two consecutive victories.

Bellator 196 is set to take place on Friday, April 6, 2018, in Budapest, Hungary at the Budapest Sports Arena. The preliminary card will air online at 7:00 pm EST while the main card will air on Paramount Network at 9:00 PM EST.

The promotion will be announcing more bouts for his upcoming event in the coming weeks. Here are the updated cards for Bellator 196 as well as Bellator Kickboxing 9:

Bellator 196: Henderson vs. Huerta Fight Card:

Lightweight Main Event: Benson Henderson (24-8) vs. Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC)

Featherweight Co-Main Event: Adam Borics (6-0) vs. Manuel Gaxhja (6-0)

Women’s Flyweight Main Card Bout: Denise Kielholtz (1-1) vs. Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5, 1 NC)

Featherweight Main Card Bout: Brian Moore (10-6) vs. Giorgio Belsanti (7-6-1)

Bellator Kickboxing 9 Fight Card:

Welterweight World Title Bout: Raymond Daniels (33-3) vs. Djibril Ehouo (38-9-2)

Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Alexy Ignashov (85-21) vs. TBD

Women’s Featherweight Main Card Bout: Jorina Baars (44-0-3) vs. Julie Burton (7-1)

The post Benson Henderson Returns At Bellator 196 appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

James Gallagher Injured; Benson Henderson Now Faces Roger Huerta in Bellator 196 Main Event

A hand injury has forced Irish featherweight James Gallagher out of his upcoming main event slot at Bellator 196 against Adam Borics on April 6 from Budapest, Hungary. Rather than replacing Gallagher in the headline spot, Bellator has opted to make a n…

A hand injury has forced Irish featherweight James Gallagher out of his upcoming main event slot at Bellator 196 against Adam Borics on April 6 from Budapest, Hungary. Rather than replacing Gallagher in the headline spot, Bellator has opted to make a new fight that will pit former title contender Benson Henderson against Roger Huerta […]

The post James Gallagher Injured; Benson Henderson Now Faces Roger Huerta in Bellator 196 Main Event appeared first on MMA News.