Benson Henderson’s Bellator debut will be one the former UFC lightweight champion likely wants to forget.
Henderson was dominated for five rounds by reigning welterweight titleholder Andrey Koreshkov in the main event of Bellator 153 Friday night. The card aired live on Spike TV.
Koreshkov remained perfect outside of his one loss to former Bellator and current ONE champion Ben Askren.
In the co-main event, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire locked up a guillotine choke on Henry Corrales for the win, while Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos stunned Brennan Ward with a 30-second submission. Also, Michael Page earned a victory via tap due to a toe hold over Jeremie Holloway.
Complete results can be found below:
Andrey Koreshkov def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to retain Bellator welterweight championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire def. Henry Corrales via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:09 of Round 2
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos def. Brennan Ward via submission (heel hook) at :30 of Round 1
Brent Primus def. Gleristone Santos via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Michael Page def. Jeremie Holloway via submission (toe hold) at 2:15 of Round 1
Matt Bessette def. Keith Richardson via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 3:14 of Round 2
Mike Zichelle def. Joe Cronin via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:25 of Round 1
Chris Honeycutt def. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Djamil Chan def. Richard Patishnock via KO (strike) at 3:09 of Round 1
Chris Foster def. Vovka Clay via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sam Watford def. Dean Hancock via submission (armbar) at 1:24 of Round 1
Tim Caron def. Justin Sumter via TKO (strikes) at 3:38 of Round 2
Blair Tugman def. Jay Perrin via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)