Benson Henderson, Patricio Freire to Meet in Lightweight Bout at Bellator 160

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 16, 2016


After a brief stint at welterweight, Benson Henderson will return to 155 pounds to face ex-featherweight king Patricio Freire at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26.

Promotion officials confirmed the matchup to Sherdog.com on Saturday following an initial report from the Los Angeles Times. Henderson-Freire will serve as the headliner of Bellator 160, which takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and airs on Spike TV. The following day, a Premier Boxing Champions event topped by a welterweight clash between Robert Guerrero and David Peralta will take place at the same venue, according to the report.

Henderson made his promotional debut at Bellator 153, where he dropped a five-round verdict to reigning 170-pound titlist Andrey Koreshkov on April 22. Prior to moving up a division for the final two bouts of his Octagon tenure, “Smooth” was the Las Vegas-based promotion’s lightweight champion, successfully defending the belt three times from 2012 to 2013 before relinquishing the crown to Anthony Pettis at UFC 164.

Freire, meanwhile, will move from featherweight to lightweight to face Henderson. The Brazilian relinquished the 145-pound strap to Daniel Straus in a unanimous decision defeat at Bellator 145 this past November. He rebounded from that defeat at Bellator 153, scoring a second-round submission of Henry Corrales.

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