DUBLIN, IRELAND – With another historic event in Dublin, Ireland just days away, fighters from BELLATOR MMA 285: Henderson vs. Queally spoke to the media today before their slated fights this Friday, September 23 at the 3Arena.
Headlined by a five-round main event between No. 3-ranked Benson “Smooth” Henderson (29-11) and hometown hero and No. 5-ranked Peter “The Showstopper” Queally (13-6-1), BELLATOR 285 is supported by a mouthwatering cast of top MMA talent, featuring legends of the sport, homegrown stars and international challengers hoping to spoil the Irish party.
The main card will air live in America on SHOWTIME at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, while the preliminary card airs live on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel, and Pluto TV beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.
Overseas, the main card will air live in the UK on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer and in Ireland on Virgin Media Two and Virgin Media Sport from 9 p.m. BST. The preliminary card will stream live in the UK on the BBC iPlayer and in Ireland on Virgin Media from 6 p.m. BST.
BRIAN MOORE: BELLATOR BANTAMWEIGHT:
“Any fighter who has the chance to fight here at the 3Arena, it’s a privilege. I’ll be wearing my flag very proudly. It’s a big deal. I need this win, but I’ve prepared impeccably. The only thing I can do is prove what I’m capable of, and I’ll show that Friday night.”
“This fight is a big fight, and it’ll put me back on the right trajectory. People talk about primes, but I just know that I’m getting better. I can look back at five years ago, and I’m way better. I don’t even think I’m at my prime yet, to be honest.”
“I think this one will be similar, but I think this one will be with a big finish, to be honest. There’s been a lot I’ve had to overcome, but I’ve prepared. He’s a body in front of me, that’s how I feel. He’s just somebody in front of me that I need to dismantle.”
“I’ve used that in my training to push myself harder. I’ve seen him today and there was no emotion. With this guy, I’m zero emotions now. I won’t use them, I won’t show them… He’s not the first opponent I’ve disliked.”
“I feel at a great place in my life, physically, mentally. I’m back to that guy coming up who had a chip on his shoulder. I put work into it. Here I am now, a much better person. It’s a privilege to be here; these are the things I first dreamt of in the sport… I’m gonna go between bantam- and featherweight. I want to be active; I’m quite active as a fighter, but I want to be more so.”
BELLATOR 285: HENDERSON VS. QUEALLY FIGHT CARD:
SHOWTIME (US) / BBC Three (UK) / Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)
Friday, Sept. 23 – 9 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Lightweight Bout: #3–Benson Henderson (29-11) vs. #5-Peter Queally (13-6-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout: #7-Yoel Romero (14-6) vs. #9-Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1)
Women’s Featherweight Bout: #5-Leah McCourt (6-2) vs. #9-Dayana Silva (10-7)
Featherweight Bout: #3-Mads Burnell (16-4) vs. #5-Pedro Carvalho (12-6)
Featherweight Bout: Ciaran Clarke (5-0) vs. Rafael Hudson (5-3)
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel | Pluto TV (US)
BBC iPlayer (UK) | Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (IRELAND)
6 p.m. GMT/1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Bantamweight Bout: Brett Johns (18-3) vs. Jordan Winski (12-3)
Bantamweight Bout: Brian Moore (14-9) vs. Arivaldo Lima da Silva (19-10)
Light Heavyweight Bout: #6-Karl Albrektsson (13-3) vs. Karl Moore (9-2)
Lightweight Bout: Darragh Kelly (1-0) vs. Kye Stevens (3-1, 1 NC)
Lightweight Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (31-13-1) vs. Kane Mousah (13-4)
Featherweight Bout: Kenny Mokhonoana (3-0) vs. Alex Bodnar (4-1)
Featherweight Bout: Asael Adjoudj (3-1) vs. Jordan Barton (7-2)
Welterweight Bout: Dante Schiro (9-3) vs. Luca Poclit (7-1)
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.