Patrick Freire (18-8-0) edged former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (24-8-0) in a narrow split-decision main event at Bellator 183 in San Jose, California.

It was a technical contest with Henderson using movement, kicks, overhand lefts, and clinches to score points to the body. Freire tried to get inside and was frustrated early, but broke free in the last round to score a knockdown that may have swayed the judges.

The judges scored it 28-29, 29-28 and 29-28.

Henderson is now 1-3-0 in Bellator since leaving the UFC in February 2016.

Friere called out champion Brent Primus afterwards.

One of the more exciting performances was probably Paul Daley, who dispatched former UFC welterweight Lorenz Larkin emphatcially in the second round.

In other bouts:

TONY JOHNSON DEF. MIKE ORTEGA VIA KO (PUNCH) R2 1:49

KAYTLIN NEIL DEF. BROOKE MAYO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

BRANDO LAROCO DEF. GASON BOLANOS VIA TECH SUBMISSION (TRIANGLE) R2 2:16

CORINA HERRERA VS. JAYMEE NIEVARA VIA UD (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)

FERNANDO GONZALEZ DEF. ALEX LOPEZ VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

RICARDO VASQUEZ DEF. JUSTIN TENEDORA VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE) R1 2:39

J.J. OKANOVICH DEF. LUIS JAUREGUI VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 0:42

DANIEL GONZALEZ DEF. ANTHONY CASTREJON R1 4:03

GOITI YAMAUCHI DEF. ADAM PICCOLOTTI VIA SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE) R1 3:19

AARON PICO DEF. JUSTIN LINN VIA KO (PUNCH) R1 3:45

ROY NELSON DEF. JAVY AYALA VIA UD (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

PAUL DALEY DEF. LORENZ LARKIN VIA KO (PUNCHES) R2 2:40

PATRICKY FREIRE DEF. BENSON HENDERSON VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

The next card is Bellator 184, scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Winstar Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma. American Darrion Caldwell (10-1-0) and Brazilian Eduardo Dantas (20-4-0) collide in the main event for the bantamweight crown.

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