What a mess the lightweight division always seems to be, huh?
After yet another controversial decision in the main event of last night's (Sat., Aug. 11, 2012) UFC 150 pay-per-view from Denver, Colorado, Ben Henderson has retained his lightweight championship, defeating Frankie Edgar via split decision.
And it seems like no one agrees.
That's part of the reason the fine folks at Fight Metric exist, however, and they've compiled their stats for the five-round fight. It was close, as anyone with two eyes could see, but according to the report, the judges missed the mark on this one.
In more ways than one.
First, the striking report:
Edgar has the edge in total strikes everywhere except strikes to the head. That includes the Significant Strikes category that UFC showed was in favor of Henderson on its initial first-run broadcast.
It also notes that Edgar scored a knockdown, the only knockdown of the fight.
Next, the grappling report:
Edgar wins here, too, with two successful takedowns on six attempts (to none from Henderson on one attempt) as well as two submission attempts (to just one from Henderson).
Finally, the performance ratings and score:
Interestingly, the fight should have been a draw based on these numbers using the 10-point must system. However, under Fight Metric's scoring system, Edgar was the winner.
This will undoubtedly fuel the fire that is already burning far too wildly.
My personal take is that is was close enough to justify far too many scorecards. That's the nature of the beast in MMA, as much as it can be such a thorn in the sport's side. It makes things difficult on everyone and it can sometimes screw good people out of months and months, and even years, of hard work.
It's unfortunate but it's a reality of the game.
What do you Maniacs think about the report and did Fight Metric get it right? Did the judges?