UFC matchmakers granted "The Answer" a chance at redemption and an opportunity to reclaim his lightweight title as he took on current 155-pound kingpin, Ben Henderson, this past weekend (Aug., 11, 2012) at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado.
Unfortunately for Edgar, the result was all too familiar.
When the dust settled at The Pepsi Center, "Smooth" had done enough to edge out Frankie via split decision, albeit a controversial one, to retain his title and place atop the lightweight division -- though many believed Edgar was on the receiving end of bad judging once again, including the former champion himself, who threw his hat in disgust when hearing the call.
For Ben, it doesn't seem to phase him one bit because he is still the champion and he is still the number one 155-pound fighter in the world -- regardless if many beg to differ with the decision.
Appearing on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, Henderson talked about the controversial decision, why he doesn't hold any grudges against those who scored it the other way and the blueprint to defeat Nate Diaz.
Check it out:
"I don't begrudge anyone their opinion if they had it for Frankie. It doesn't bother me, that's cool with me. I'm glad the three guys who were judging it had it for me. I definitely felt I did enough to earn the decision. I definitely won, yeah. Deep down in my heart of heart, I felt I won decision. Of course going into any decision in MMA, you have to be nervous, you have to be a little bit worried. Decisions are historically an iffy thing. I for sure felt I did enough to get that W and earn my hand being raised. I felt I didn't push the pace enough. That is the one thing I should have done more of. I didn't get tired at all, I didn't gas, I didn't have that muscular fatigue where I was worn down and tired. I felt like I could have pushed the pace a lot more. But I did not for whatever reason. I can't say it was all me. It wasn't like I didn't do my job, I didn't do this and I didn't do that. Obviously a big part of it goes to Frankie, he did a great job, not allowing me to do what I wanted to do. I wanted to go down there and beat him up really bad and everything. It's not just about me in there, there's another guy in there. You gotta take your hats off to Frankie, he's a tough fighter, one of the best fighters ever in rematches."
Henderson went on to say that despite many not giving him the credit of being the true champion, he has no ill will towards them:
"It doesn't bother me at all. No. There are people out there who still think Michael Jordan wasn't the greatest basketball player ever. There are people out there who think the New England Patriots shouldn't have won this Super Bowl because of this rule. There are a lot of people out there who think the New York Giants suck and they should have never won the Super Bowl. There are people out there with all sorts of opinions and ideas. I don't begrudge anyone their opinions, you can think differently than me, it's OK. I'm cool with that. We don't have to see eye to eye on everything."
Fresh off his first title defense, ‘Smooth" now has his eyes set on his next challenge in the form of Nate Diaz;
"Knowing your next opponent, knowing who's next for me, is a good thing I think, A lot of times champs have to sit down and wait to see, ‘oh, we have to wait and see who's next for [Georges] St. Pierre' or ‘he's dominated the whole division and we have to see who's next for him.' For me, 55 is stacked, it is stacked full of killers out there, so it's nice for me to know who I'm going to fight next. I know Nate Diaz is next. As far as how to beat him, I think any time a fighter, sometimes a fighter loses, there's a game plan on how to beat him. Sometimes, there was a fluke head kick in the first 30 seconds of the fight, it's a fluke head kick ... sometimes it happens. Sometimes when guys lose there's a blueprint on how to beat him. If you want to beat a guy, all you gotta do is A-B-C. Against Nate Diaz, that blueprint is out there."
How about it Maniacs, where are you on the matter? Did Ben, in your eyes, do enough to rightfully retain his title this past weekend? Or did Edgar get screwed by the judges?
Who's your early pick for Henderson vs Diaz?