Brian Moore: “The only thing I can do is prove what I’m capable of, and I’ll show that Friday night”

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 co-main event features No. 8-ranked light heavyweight veteran Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero (14-6) taking on another legend of the sport in Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (32-15-1).

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.

“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.”


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: #3Benson 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 BoutBrett 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)

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