Benson Henderson takes on Peter Queally in the main event at Bellator 285 on Friday afternoon. The event takes place at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, which is why the main event bouts will start around 4:00 pm ET. Heading into Friday, Henderson is a slight chalk to beat his opponent. Check out Bellator Odds, analysis, and free picks for the 5 main card bouts at Bellator 285.
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Bellator 285 Event Info
- When: Friday, Sep. 23 at 4:00 pm ET
- Where: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
- TV/Streaming: Showtime
Ciaran Clarke -769 vs Rafael Hudson +390
5-0 Ciaran Clarke puts his undefeated record on the line versus 5-3 Rafael Hudson. Both mixed martial artists are 5’ 7”. Clarke weighed in 5 pounds lighter than Hudson.
The odds imply Ciaran easily wins this. Clarke should because Hudson has never fought at this level. Ciaran last fought at Bellator 275, knocking out Abou Tounkara in the first round.
Bellator 285 Pick: Ciaran Clarke
Mads Burnell -526 vs Pedro Carvalho +302
Those who believe underdog Pedro Carvalho has a shot aren’t just making things up. Carvalho brings a decent 12-6 record into this match. Carvalho is also 3 inches taller than Burnell.
Burnell is 16-4 and has won 3 of his last 4. The favored fighter did lose his last bout. But the underdog has lost 3-of-4. The chalk wins.
Bellator 285 Pick: Mads Burnell
Leah McCourt +-103 vs Dayana Silva -138
The chalk in this has a 10-7 record and isn’t in her best form. Dayana Silva shows 2 losses and a win in her last 3 bouts. At least Silva won her last fight, via decision over Janay Harding at Bellator 279.
Leigh McCourt isn’t a massive underdog, which tells us how close MMA handicappers and oddsmakers believe this match is. McCourt lost her last fight via decision to Sinead Kavanaugh. But before the loss, Leigh had won 5 straight Bellator matches. The slight underdog is the play.
Bellator 285 Pick: Leigh McCourt
Yoel Romero -714 vs Melvin Manhoef +370
Romero has the much better record. The favorite in this is 14-6 compared to Manhoef’s 32-15-1 record.
The underdog has won 2-of-3 but Manhoef’s last bout happened in 2020. When it ended, Melvin had secured another loss.
Yoel Romero fought at Bellator 280 in June. Romero beat Alex Polizzi via third-round technical knockout. No doubt, the layoff will hurt Manhoef. Romero gets the nod.
Bellator 285 Pick: Yoel Romero
Benson Henderson -204 vs Peter Queally +140
At Bellator 273 in January, favorite Benson Henderson ended a 4-fight losing streak with a decision win over Islam Mamedov.
In his last bout, Queally fell to Patricky Pitbull via second round technical knockout. Before the loss, the underdog in this match had won 2 straight, including taking down Pitbull last May,
Henderson’s win implies he has a chance. But the odds different is too significant to back the fave because Benson’s last opponent is a far cry from Queally. In his last bout, Islam Mamedov went down a league, fighting at the Eagle FC 47 in his last.
Pitbull is the reigning Bellator Lightweight champ. Queally gets back on the winning track with an impressive victory.
Bellator 285 Pick: Peter Queally