BENSON HENDERSON-PATRICIO ‘PITBULL’ EARN TOP BILLING AT ‘BELLATOR 160’ AUG. 26 AT HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM
BENSON HENDERSON-PATRICIO ‘PITBULL’ TO VIE FOR LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE SHOT DURING MAIN EVENT OF ‘BELLATOR 160’
NEWLY ANNOUNCED EVENT TAKES PLACE AUGUST 26 AT HONDA CENTER IN ANAHEIM, CALIF.
SANTA MONICA, CALIF (July, 16) – Patricio “Pitbull” (25-3) is actively seeking revenge for his brother Patricky “Pitbull” after Bellator MMA’s new 155-pound kingpin Michael Chandler brutally finished the elder Freire during the co-main event of last month’s “Bellator: Dynamite 2”event.
Today, Bellator MMA is pleased to announce that Patricio will be given the opportunity to avenge his brother’s loss – but in order to reach Chandler, “Pitbull” must first defeat Benson Henderson (23-6) in the main event of “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” on August 26 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and airing LIVE and FREE on SPIKE.
The card will be the Scott Coker-led promotions first at the 18,000 plus Honda Center, which is home to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, AFL’s LA KISS, the Wooden Legacy Basketball Tournament, as well as the Big West Basketball Tournament.
Tickets starting at $30 for “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” can be purchased on Ticketmaster and Honda Center Box Office starting Friday, July 22 with an exclusive Bellator Nation pre-sale on Thursday, July 21.
Following Chandler’s knockout of Patricky, “Iron Mike” scaled the Bellator Cage to celebrate with his hometown faithful of St. Louis, but was immediately met by Patricio, who had been cornering his brother. The two exchanged words and now Bellator’s former featherweight titlist has made the decision to move up to lightweight and begin his path towards gold in two divisions.
In the way stands Henderson, a former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, who after three fights at welterweight now returns to the division where he reigned supreme for nearly two years. In his Bellator MMA debut, despite a size disparity, “Smooth” fought valiantly against 170-pound champion Andrey Koreshkov, dropping a unanimous decision. Now it will be “Pitbull” who’s fighting the larger competitor, and it all comes to a head during the main event of “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” on Aug. 26, LIVE and FREE on SPIKE.
Additional contests will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull” Main Card:
Bellator MMA Lightweight No. 1 Contender Main Event: Benson Henderson (25-3) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (25-3)
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Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Honda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. Owned by the City of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the arena is home to the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, and annually hosts dozens of top-name concerts, exciting sporting events and family favorites such as the Harlem Globetrotters, Stars on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Since 2005, Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli have invested nearly $100 million into facility upgrades, most of which have a direct positive impact on the guest experience. In fact, just this year Honda Center debuted a new state-of-the-art scoreboard measuring nearly 20-feet-tall and over 30-feet-wide, which offers the clearest and highest definition picture available in any North American venue.