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CALIFORNIA -- Another chapter was added to the brilliant story of Benson "Smooth" Henderson's mixed martial arts career this weekend when he won his fourth straight in the main event Bellator 227 in Ireland.


The Team Iridium lightweight took out Myles Jury, a fellow UFC vet, with an impressive unanimous decision victory -- good for Henderson's fifth win under the Bellator MMA banner.


In a previous life, closer to his pro debut in 2006, Benson helped bring the WEC to prominence as the promotion's lightweight champion. After the WEC was absorbed by the UFC, Benson scored three straight Octagon victories before winning the organization's 155-pound championship -- a belt he defended three times.


Now 35 and feeling as dangerous as ever, Henderson is knocking on the door of a shot at Bellator's lightweight championship.

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CALIFORNIA -- Albert "The Warrior" Morales is counting down the seconds until Saturday.


The Team Iridium beast fights for the first time since May when he returns to action for Lights Out Xtreme Fighting in Los Angeles.


"Everything is amazing," the six-time UFC vet says with a smile when asked about his training camp for this bout. "I've been focusing so much on improving. I've never had such an intentionally long layoff in my life, and the reason for that was so I had time to improve as a fighter, as a person, as everything. I say this all the time, but you're truly going to see a totally different fighter this weekend."


Just how different?


"I'm going to be a whole new fighter," Albert says. "I say that before every fight because I'm always adding tools. But with this break, I was able to upgrade the software and my hardware, both in a major way. I'm excited to put it down; I'm excited for the world to see my improvements."


Albert has his sights set on earning a couple belts with Lights Out before the end of the year. From there, he plans on a return to the international stage.


"In the UFC," he says point blank when asked where he'd like to be in 12 months. "I want to get my belts before next summer, fight on Contender Series next year, earn my contract, have another UFC fight under my belt, and be waiting for my next assignment in the Octagon.


"Let's go."

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CALIFORNIA — It was a great weekend on The Darkside.


Team Iridium fighters Hunter Azure, Tristan Connelly and Louis Smolka all earned victories in the Octagon at the UFC's return to Vancouver on Saturday.


Azure used his heavy hands and impressive grappling acumen to outgun local favorite Brad Katona. Connelly shocked almost everyone (except us) with an inspiring and thorough victory over heavy betting favorite Michel Pereira. To kick off the festivities, Smolka picked up his seventh impressive UFC win with a jaw-dropping, first-round TKO victory over Ryan MacDonald. Fighting in his hometown, fast-rising bantamweight Cole Smith put up a valiant effort against fellow undefeated prospect Miles Johns, before unfortunately dropping a close split-decision in the first loss of his blossoming career.


Meanwhile in Hawaii, top prospect Braydon Akeo climbed to 3-0 and moved a big step closer to the big leagues with a TKO win for X-1 World Events MMA on Saturday.


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