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Benson Henderson-Patricio Freire Will Be No. 1 Contender Match

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The upcoming Bellator 160 contest between Benson Henderson and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will determine the No. 1 contender to lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

Henderson, a former UFC lightweight champion, lost his Bellator debu to welterweight titleholder Andrey Koreshkov. Freire, a top contender in the featherweight division, made an impact on Chandler by taunting him after he bested his brother recently.

Below is a complete press release from Bellator:

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.

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.