In the headlining attraction of tonight's (Sat., April 20, 2013) UFC on Fox 7: "Henderson vs. Melendez" event at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Ben Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez via split decision on scores of 48-47, 47-48, and 48-47. Naturally, if it was close enough to warrant scores like that, it caused a great deal of controversy among the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base.
Thankfully, we've got the wizards at Fight Metric to give us official statistics to help out.
And, well, the hard numbers seem to back up the judges decision. Here's how they look:
As you can see, Henderson landed far more strikes while throwing less, both significant and otherwise. The grappling game was mostly a wash, with Melendez credited with one takedown and "Smooth" failing on all four of his documented attempts.
It should be noted, the two spent next to no time on the mat throughout the 25-minute contest.
If you're wondering, a tweet from Mike Chiappetta tells us who the judges were and how they scored each round of the bout:
Scoring: Derek Cleary Rds 1, 2 for Gil, 3, 4, 5 for Ben; Wade Vierra Rd 1, 4, 5 for Gil, 2-3 for Ben; Michael Bell 1, 5 for Gil, 2, 3, 4 Ben— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) April 21, 2013
Maniacs, you know we want to hear how you scored it. And does the Fight Metric report sway your opinion in any way?