Peter Queally is certainly one of two Irish males to have fought for a serious world title at 155-pounds, and ‘The Showstopper’ goals to scythe by way of Benson Henderson in the primary occasion of Bellator’s return to Dublin on Friday to earn one other shot on the gold.
Queally, who’s 1-1 in opposition to present Bellator world champion Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire, takes on arguably his greatest identify opponent thus far contained in the 3Arena within the Bellator 258 headliner in Benson Henderson, the previous UFC world champion and two-weight Bellator title challenger who’s held by many as among the many greatest lightweights in MMA historical past.
And talking to the media on Wednesday forward of the battle, Queally stated that it’s an honor to be held in the identical firm as Henderson and co-main occasion fighter Yoel Romero, however when that cage door slams shut in entrance of a raucous Irish crowd there will likely be no time for pleasantries.
“It’s so cool. I’ve stated this many occasions in interviews: it’s so cool to see myself on the poster, and to be on prime of Yoel. I’m such an enormous fan of his. I can’t wait to satisfy him and get an image with him,” stated Queally contained in the Gibson Lodge.
“Similar as at all times. I’m simply preparing for a weight reduce now. I do know the problem that’s in entrance of me. It will likely be very tough, however I’m down for tough. I can’t wait… Once I signed with Bellator, I instructed them right away, I simply need the arduous fights. Particularly with the funding they’re making in Eire, I really feel like I’m getting the respect I possibly wasn’t getting. It’s all going good for me.
“For those who’d have instructed me 10-12 years in the past after I was sleeping outdoors in my automobile that I used to be going to combat Benson within the 3Arena, I wouldn’t have believed you. My household are very happy with me, and it’s time to simply go on the market and do it.”
Queally isn’t right here by chance. A veteran of the Irish MMA scene, he has travelled the globe searching for challenges comparable to when he headed to the depths of Russia to tackle the then 28-3 David Khachatryan — a combat whom Queally completed within the first spherical inside a pin-drop silent area.
However with these dues properly and really paid, his rewards are apparent.
“I don’t think about myself the B-side right here,” he stated. “We’re within the 3Arena, let’s not neglect. As soon as the bell rings, he’s not going to be Benson Henderson anymore. He’s simply going to be a man in entrance of me. I’m going to go in there and attempt to kill him, you understand what I imply? I don’t assume I’ll be starstruck… I’ll attempt to take pleasure in it a bit extra. I’ll attempt to embrace it a bit extra and revel in.”
And as for his unfinished enterprise with the champion?
“I’d prefer it to be Patricky once more. In equity, there’s a little bit of a queue there. However I feel if I win in a dominant trend and a few of the dominoes fall the best manner, I feel I may combat him subsequent. I feel he likes that combat too. I feel he preferred preventing right here, or that’s the sense I obtained speaking with him backstage. I feel I may sneak to the title shot.”
One path to that objective is straight by way of Benson Henderson, and you may make sure that the Irish help will likely be behind him each inch of the best way.