Benson Henderson Outpoints Adam Piccolotti In A Superb Ground Match, Wonderful Fight!
Bellator 220 is taking place inside SAP Center in San Jose, California live now (Saturday, April 27, 2019). The former WEC and UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson squares off against ex-Dragon House 155-pound king Adam Piccolotti.
The referee in charge for this bout is Josh Rosenthal. Here we go!
Great low kick Henderson, and an outstanding punch. Good tactics on both sides, fighters are cautious.
Piccolotti tries to get Henderson to the ground, lighting him up with left hands and jumping on Henderson’s back. He’s going for the rear naked choke but lets it go when he sees it’s not there. Now he keeps fishing for it with his right arm then letting it go to throw right hands instead. This choke attempt is nasty, Henderson is in big trouble! Wow, he survives, man the opponent nearly ended Henderson, this man is a great jiu-jitsu warrior!
Picolloti controls the opponent well on the ground, grabs a body triangle, but Henderson tries to slip out. Will he secure a rear naked choke? It seems Henderson defends well. Good punches off the back Piccolotti.
Wow, great flying knee Henderson. Piccolotti goes forward, Benson lands a good left, countered, his opponents grabs a leg and takes him down. Wow, now Henderson gets up and takes Adam down, what a fight!!!
Henderson tries to secure the opponent’s back, this is a dangerous crucifix. Piccolotti escapes, he is pressed against the cage. It seems Henderson is trying to improve the position but Piccolotti escapes.
Henderson takes him down again, Piccolotti goes for a guillotine choke, good defense!
Both fighters are up, Henderson keeps him against the cage, delivers a big knee. Piccolotti is very calm, great elbow Henderson, missed by a hair.
Benson goes for a takedown and presses the opponent against the cage, great takedown!
Adam got up, but Henderson is on his back, this is dangerous.
Henderson is killing Piccolotti with those elbows, but Piccolotti goes for a heel hook. Superb defense by Benson, is this an Omoplata attempt? No, Henderson defends and ends up on the top! Amazing punches by Henderson, this is an epic ground war! Piccolotti defends well, Henderson attempts to control him on the ground, but the round is finished via an up-kick attempt. 10-9 Henderson.
Great takedown Piccolotti, who counters Henderson’s kick attempt.
Henderson keeps his opponent well, this is a guillotine choke off the bottom, Piccolotti is still in the side control, it seems Henderson has no grip. Piccolotti is in the side mount, now Henderson got up on his knees, good knee to the body Adam. Hey, is this an armbar attempt?
Wow, superb defense by Henderson and Piccolotti goes down!
He gets up quickly, and now Adam takes Henderson down!
This was a big mistake, now Adam is in a dominant position, pressing his opponent against the cage. Only 2 minutes left.
Piccolotti controls the position well, he fights wisely. Piccolotti climbed on rival’s back, he has both hooks in. Can Piccolotti finish the job, he is on his back. Wow, Benson rotates, man is this guy an alien? 40 seconds left.
Henderson is in the full guard, he lands punches off the top. The match is over, I don’t know who won the bout. This round was close.
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Final Result: 29-28 Henderson, 29-28 Piccolotti, 29-28, Henderson wins by split decision.
Benson Henderson improves the score to 27-8 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) , Adam Piccolotti drops to 11-3 MMA, 7-3 BMMA.