After a pair of split-decision losses, Benson Henderson is back in the win column – and he picked up a finish in the process.
In the headliner of Friday’s Bellator 196 event, Henderson (25-8 MMA, 2-3 BMMA), a former UFC lightweight champion who had a rocky road after joining Bellator in 2016, reclaimed some of his former glory after tapping out fellow big-show vet Roger Huerta (24-10 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) via second-round guillotine.
The lightweight bout closed out the card, which took place at BOK Hall in Budapest, Hungary, and aired on Paramount via same-day delay.
In Bellator 196’s co-headliner, featherweight and Hungarian crowd favorite Adam Borics (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) starched promotional newcomer Teodor Nikolov (11-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) with a crushing flying-knee knockout.
Also on the card, Dutch kickboxing champ Denise Kielholtz (2-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) topped fellow female flyweight Petra Castkova (3-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) via unanimous decision, and featherweight Brian Moore (11-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) evened up his Bellator record after stunning Giorgio Belsanti (7-7-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) with a punch and then finishing him with a first-round guillotine.
Additionally, Ed Ruth (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), a three-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and now top MMA prospect, went the distance for the first time in his career and topped Ion Pascu (17-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) via unanimous decision in a 175-pound catchweight affair.
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