Make no mistake about it: though he ended up with the “W”, former UFC champ Benson Henderson was getting beaten up by Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.
For the entire first round and a good bit of the second, Henderson’s usual passive-counterstriking game translated into a losing effort – so much so that you have to wonder if Henderson has hit a rapid decline in his skills or if Bellator fighters are just that good.
Whatever the reason, “Bendo” was losing, and he needed a miracle to stop from going 0-2 in the Bellator cage.
Well, a miracle is what he got. Midway through Round 2, Pitbull stopped and waved the fight off. He’d accidentally broken his leg landing a kick.
With the win, Henderson now gets a shot at lightweight champ Michael Chandler.
If he keeps fighting the way he’s been fighting, he’s going to die.