It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month.
Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.
Henderson (24-8) has not fought since falling to Patricky Freire by split decision at Bellator 183back in September. The former UFC lightweight champion has lost two straight, including a split decision loss to former Bellator champ Michael Chandler. Henderson, 34, was once the best 155-pound fighter on the planet and is looking to rebound from a 1-3 stretch in his current promotion.
Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC) has not fought in the United States since 2011. At one point, the Texas native was one of the biggest up-and-coming stars in all of MMA — the first UFC fighter to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Huerta, 34, went to Bellator from the UFC in 2010 and has most recently fought for ONE Championship and Phoenix FC.
After a four-fight losing stretch from from 2010 to 2012, Huerta has won three of five and two straight. Most recently, “El Matador” beat Ultimate Fighter alum Haydar Hassan by disqualification due to illegal elbows in December at Phoenix FC 4 in Dubai.
Bellator 196 will take place at Budapest Sports Arena. It is the second event the promotion has held in Budapest. Also on the card, top kickboxer Denise Kielholtz will take on Lena Ovchynnnikova.