The main event of the UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2" event tonight (Sat., Aug. 11, 2012) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, featured the (kind of) long awaited lightweight championship rematch between Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar.
The first fight, which took place at UFC 144 and saw Henderson earn a unanimous decision win to take the title, has been called controversial and it's been called definitive. Fans from both sides saw it from both sides and the only way to squash all that talk was to simply do it again. So that's what they did tonight.
And once again, it was as close as could be.
And once again, Henderson was awarded a close decision. He won a split decision on scores of 46-49, 48-47, and 48-47. After the scores were announced, Edgar threw his hat in disgust, befuddled at how he could go down in this manner once again.
"It don't matter. I thought I brought it to him. Congrats to Ben," Edgar said.
Edgar came out trying to work his usual stick-and-move style but Henderson was staying on the outside, making sure to keep himself at distance to avoid getting into exchanges. He also fired off leg kicks from there, some of which landed with shocking power that turned Edgar over.
Edgar caught a kick with 30 seconds remaining in the round and powered through for a takedown. Henderson negated it by immediately grabbing a guillotine and hanging on until the end of the round.
"Bendo" continued working from the outside in round two, sending missile like kicks to Edgar's legs to slow him down some more. That seemed to be the plan, at least. Once "The Answer" finally got inside, he tagged Henderson with a right hand that put him on the mat.
Shortly after, Edgar locked in a front choke with two minutes to go. He stayed with it for far too long, despite the fact that Henderson is damn near impossible to choke, and they finally reset with 30 or so seconds to go.
The round came to a close and it was clear Edgar took that one.
Henderson out with kicks again in the third. By this point, Edgar was so aware of them, he was literally jumping in the air to avoid the low kicks. A lot of footwork and feinting followed, both guys trying hard to get the edge on one another. What we ended up with was little action and a lot of in-and-out, one-punch move away and reset offense.
Hard to score offense.
After three rounds in, scorecards across the land undoubtedly read differently depending on who had the pen in their hand. Two to go.
Henderson got busy to start the fourth, coming in strong with a kick before avoiding a takedown and coming back with another. Edgar scored a takedown just over one minute in and once again looked for a choke.
And once again failed.
Henderson started taunting Edgar towards the end of the fourth, for reasons I'm unaware. It was a close round, close enough that Edgar may very well have taken it to put him ahead.
Edgar landed a hard right early in the final frame. He also pushed Henderson down while he was off balance, which looked like it could have been a knockdown and the judges don't have the benefit of replay.
"Bendo" seemed entirely too content to hang back, not pushing the pace and remaining on the outside hoping to land those hard kicks.
They exchanged some more down the stretch, both guys having some success with punches and kicks. Once the horn sounded, though, it was another close affair, just like last time.
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