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Henderson disappoints in Bellator debut

Benson Henderson

Bellator thought they made a power move by stealing away former UFC titlist Benson Henderson during his free agency. They had to have hoped they could bring him in, immediately give him a title shot, make in their champion and market their promotion likes crazy around a very popular guy with a big name, big following and impressive resume.

But Andrey Koreshkov would have none of that. In the main event of Bellator 153 at Mohegan Sun Arena, Koreshkov dominated Henderson as he successfully defended his welterweight championship with a unanimous decision victory. It was never close and Henderson was in danger of being knocked out from the opening round.

Koreshkov regularly forced Henderson back on the cage and with 10 seconds left in the first round he landed a flying knee to his face to send him to the mat. He followed with some heavy fists to the side of the head. Henderson was somehow able to get up. Koreshkov sent him back down to the mat with a powerful first.

Henderson got to the end of the round, but Koreshkov never allowed him a chance in the fight as he showed his size and reach advantage, speed advantage, quickness and agility advantage and power advantage.

Henderson had a much better second round, but Koreshkov’s size was too much for him. Henderson was not strong enough to take Koreshkov down on his few attempts. In the fourth round, Koreshkov sent Henderson down to the mat again with a heavy right hand that landed perfectly on the chin.

It was a bust beginning to Henderson’s Bellator career. He was supposed to help raise the profile of Bellator in ways Phil Davis and Matt Mitrione just can’t without having held UFC Gold in their careers.

Another way to look at the result is that Koreshkov is a world-class fighter who dominated one of the UFC’s best fighters to win his sixth-straight fight and to retain his gold, but regardless, Henderson’s loss is a huge let down for Bellator.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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