Bellator 160 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Henderson vs. Pitbull Card

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 27, 2016

UNCASVILLE, CT - APRIL 22: Benson Henderson before his main event bout against Andrey Koreshkov at Mohegan Sun Arena on April 22, 2016 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Benson Henderson got his first win with Bellator on Friday night against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire, but it didn't happen the way most would have wanted.

During the second round, Pitbull suffered a right leg injury that prevented him from continuing. The result was a technical-knockout victory for Henderson in a bout that had the fans on hand for Bellator 160 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, booing.

There didn't appear to be much contact, but Pitbull may have planted wrong after attempting a kick. Nonetheless, Henderson will move on to receive a title shot against lightweight champion Michael Chandler on Nov. 19.

MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani summed up most of the MMA community's thoughts:

Aside from the anticlimactic ending of a much-anticipated fight, this was also a terrible way to end what had been an entertaining main card.

In the co-main event, Derek Anderson outdueled veteran Saad Awad via unanimous decision. Anderson and Awad both had their moments, but the striking of the formerwho used his reach effectivelyearned the victory.

Awad couldn't find a way to get inside Anderson's reach after the first round. Anderson has now won two fights in a row and could be in position to challenge for the lightweight belt in the near future.

Here's a look at the post-fight press conference, which also includes news on the signing of Rory MacDonald as the promotion's latest free-agent acquisition, via Bellator:

Results

Main card

  • Benson Henderson def. Patricio "Pitbull" Freire via second-round TKO.
  • Derek Anderson def. Saad Awad via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Georgi Karakhanyan def. Bubba Jenkins via first-round KO.
  • A.J. McKee def. Cody Walker via second-round submission (power guillotine).

 
Undercard

  • Gabriel Green def. Alex Trinidad via TKO (punches).
  • Andy Murad def. Johnny Cisneros via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Joey Davis def. Keith Cutrone via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • Jake Roberts def. Stephen Martinez via first-round TKO (punches).
  • Chinzo Machida def. Marlo Navarro via first-round TKO (punches).
  • Jacob Rosales def. Mike Segura via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

        

McKee Continues to Impress

A.J. McKee is one of the most well-rounded prospects in the sport, and he proved that again Friday. No opponent in Bellator had made it into the second round against him before Friday. Cody Walker accomplished that, but he wasn't around much longer.

After a dominant performance in the first round that consisted mostly of ground-and-pound strikes, McKee quickly finished Walker with a power guillotine choke in the opening minute of Round 2.

McKee wants a shot at 145-pound champion Daniel Straus, but the flamboyant star called out Pitbull.

"I've got a leash and a kennel waiting for you, Pitbull," he said on the Spike broadcast after his win.

With Pitbull suffering what appeared to be a serious injury, he'll likely be out of action for a while. We'll see which fighter Bellator serves up next for McKee.

                   

Georgi Karakhanyan Owns Bubba Jenkins

Sometimes a guy just has another fighter's number, and that's apparently the case with Georgi Karakhanyan and his dominance of Bubba Jenkins.

When the two men met in January 2015, Karakhanyan scored a first-round win via submission. He put Jenkins to sleep with a guillotine choke.

Jenkins was hungry for revenge, but he again suffered a first-round stoppage Friday. A vicious right hand that landed right on Jenkins' chin knocked him out cold.

Here's the finish, via Bellator:

Karakhanyan had just caught a kick from Jenkins, and before he fully relinquished his opponent's leg, he fired the punch that ended the fight.

Karakhanyan had lost two fights in a row since beating Jenkins the first time. This win will breathe new life into his career.

The loss is devastating for Jenkins. He'd won three in a row since losing to Karakhanyan last year. Now he'll have to regroup yet again.