Benson Henderson’s win over Peter Queally this past weekend could lead to a title fight sooner rather than later.
When speaking about his opponent Queally, Henderson had nothing but respect for the classy gentleman who took it to the distance with Henderson.
“After five rounds against Peter Queally, I’ve got to say hats off to Peter Queally. He is a true testament to the Irish people. The man’s all class; a gentleman through and through. Hats off to Peter and hats off to the Dublin fans. You guys are cray cray, man. Great night, great energy, great vibes. Place was off the roof once again. It was awesome. Great environment. Crowd was cheering at the end. I loved it.”
“Peter did a great job, he did awesome. I don’t think he landed anything super clean in the early rounds that made me adjust, but he brought his A-game. He did a great job defensively. Great posture, great position; being able to defend a lot of my wrestling.”
When asked about what his next goal is, Henderson knows the next title defense for Bellator lightweight champion Patricky Pitbull is against Usman Nurmagomedov this November at Bellator 288.
Henderson feels his win over Queally is a definite sign that he should go after the belt next and with whoever wins the belt this November, it doesn’t seem like Henderson would step back from a challenge placed in front of him.
“That’s what I would like. I want the title fight next. I know it’s the Russian vs. the Brazilian next. Mad respect to Pitbull, I’m a huge Patricky fan. Patricky has the belt, and he has a W over me. So, I think it would be very apropos for him to win his fight and for me to square off against him and take the belt from him, especially because he has the W over me. But if Usman happens to win and it’s him instead… let’s go do a title shot over there somewhere. Whoever wins, that’s what I want next. That’s why I said yes to Peter; he just fought for the belt.”