August 11, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Frankie Edgar fights Benson Henderson (not pictured) during UFC 150 at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
The main event featured the slightly anticipated rematch between UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson and the man he took the title from in Japan earlier this year, Frankie Edgar. And not surprisingly, it ended in controversy after the judges awarded "Bendo" a split decision victory that many disagreed with.
The co-main event saw a far more definitive result with Donald Cerrone pasting Melvin Guillard in under two minutes after nearly getting finished himself. No controversy here, just the "Fight of the Night."
The rest of the card was decidedly mediocre.
Let's take a gander at the list of big winners and lowly losers from UFC 150: "Henderson vs. Edgar 2."
Frankie Edgar -- Sure, two of the three judges didn't score the fight in his favor but make no mistake, Edgar is a winner her. Of course it sucks (for him) that he'll forever have another notch in the "L" column but if he was going to lose this fight, this is exactly how he should want it to happen. Imagine if he had been knocked out or submitted in short order. Then he's completely knocked out of the lightweight title picture and would been damaged goods for a move down to featherweight. Now, his journey to 145-pounds will have momentum behind it.
Dana White -- If only because he now has a legitimate in route to getting Edgar to move down to featherweight and his lightweight division has finally cleared up at the top with no more rematches coming. Hilariously enough, one is probably deserved here but that's a moot point now.
Donald Cerrone -- Yes, this is a no brainer but the dude won "Knockout of the Night" and "Fight of the Night" -- worth a total of $120,000 -- with just 1:16 of work. Plus, he put himself in position to earn a title shot. UFC President Dana White confirmed he'll fight Anthony Pettis next for the right to face the winner of Henderson vs. Diaz. It's all working out well for him, loss to Diaz late last year be damned.
Nik Lentz -- Here's here because this man is a legend of the preliminary card. He's fought for the UFC a total of 10 times, and not once has he competed on a main card. During that time, he's compiled a 6-2-1 (1) record, including last night's dominant victory over Eiji Mitsuoka in his featherweight debut. He'll add some depth to a division sorely lacking it and who knows, maybe one of these days he'll fight on the main card of a UFC event.
Ben Henderson -- He won, sure, but in the court of public opinion he's already getting crucified. Henderson's a nice guy, a dude who seems like a genuinely good person but over the next few weeks and even months, he's left to defend a decision made by others. He fought hard and he fought smart but he didn't close the deal. The fallout won't be pretty and he's already been referred to in some circles as a "paper champion." That's too bad but it's a sentiment enough people are agreeing with to make him a loser here. Plus, he gets to continue swimming with the sharks at 155-pounds.
Melvin Guillard -- He did it again. The narrative of this fight acted as a deeper look into the narrative of his entire career. He flashed brilliance by nearly finishing the tough-as-nails Cerrone but stepped off the gas pedal, failed to finish, and ended up spectacularly face planting by getting knocked out in under two minutes. At this time last year, Guillard was in talks for a title shot after having won five in a row and eight of nine. Now he's lost three of four, a career swan dive into the asphalt. So much talent and potential, splattered all over mats around the world.
Jake Shields -- When he failed to blow everyone away at welterweight, he blamed his body. The weight cut took a toll on him and he just never quite felt the way he did when he was running through opponents in Strikeforce and before then as a middleweight. So he lost the ability to make excuses by moving up to take on Ed Herman and he still looked listless. Sure, he worked his game and won the fight but did any of you get even the slightest feeling that he's a legitimate contender at 185-pounds? Me neither.
Jared Hamman's corner -- Of the many unfortunate events that took place at UFC 150, the worst was the absolute failure of Hamman's corner to take care of its fighter. He was getting killed in the first round, eating punch after punch after punch. His legs were wobbly and he couldn't get himself together long enough to avoid taking an incredible amount of damage. So it was troubling when he told his corner he tore a muscle in his leg, likely his hamstring, and they allowed him to go out for the next round. Even more troubling was seeing Hamman unable to properly use his leg, leading to his getting beaten down even further and his corner refuse to throw in the towel. At some point it has to stop being about being a tough guy and just admitting that it's over and taking care of a man who can't take care of himself. The referee also deserves blame for not seeing what the rest of us could and allowing Hamman to take so much damage.
That's a wrap for our list of the noteworthy heroes and zeroes from from last night. In the comment section below, let us know what your list looks like.
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