In more than two years, only three elite mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have had the opportunity to contend for 155-pound immortality, including B.J. Penn, Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson. That vicious cycle will continue when Edgar and Henderson headline UFC 150 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., on Aug. 11, 2012.
"Smooth" solved the "Answer" earlier this year at UFC 144, battering the Toms River, N.J., tough guy for five rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory and usurping his championship crown. The result was apparently not decisive enough for UFC President Dana White, or perhaps he felt compelled to award Edgar an immediate rematch because of his willingness to fight "The Prodigy" in back-to-back bouts.
Whatever the case may be, Henderson and Edgar are two of the very best fighters in the weight class and, at least for the moment, are healthy and ready to mix it up a "Mile High." That has to count for something, particularly these days with injuries and top talent-less fight cards.
The dynamic due will be joined on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card by Jake Shields, who will make his 185-pound debut for the promotion against The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum Ed Herman. Dennis Hallman will also look to take center stage against Thiago Tavares, while Luiz Cane will attempt to "Thunder" past Yushin Okami.