On Nov. 12, 1993, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its first event ever at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. With a reported attendance of just 2,800 and only 86,000 buys on pay-per-view (PPV), you can really tell how far the company -- and the sport -- has come over the past 20 years.
Now, the company will return to the land from whence it came for its next historic show, UFC 150, on Aug. 11, 2012, at the Pepsi Center. And it will have one hell of a headlining match-up.
That's because MMAWeekly.com brings word that UFC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson will grant Frankie Edgar his rematch wish on this very show.
The two initially met back on Feb. 25 at UFC 144 in Japan. On that night, Henderson turned in the performance of a lifetime, going toe-to-toe with one of the toughest men in the entire sport and outworking the imitable Edgar over five grueling rounds.
After 25 minutes of back-and-forth action, the judges sided with "Bendo" and he became the new champion. And then a bit of controversy ensued.
UFC President Dana White all but promised Anthony Pettis the next title shot. This was intriguing simply because Pettis and Henderson had met once before at the final World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) event in Dec. 2010.
It resulted in one of the best fights in that organizations history and one of the best moments of all time in mixed martial arts (MMA) altogether.
It was no surprise, then, that the powers that be wanted to give the two talented lightweights a bigger stage to see if they could replicate that special night down in Glendale, Arizona. There was just one problem.
They forgot about Frankie.
Indeed, Edgar felt slighted by the very thought that he wouldn't be granted an immediate rematch, especially after he had done so on multiple occasions against guys like B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard.
After a brief stalemate between both parties, Edgar got "the answer" he wanted and he was granted to shot at redeeming himself and regaining the 155-pound belt he worked so hard to protect.
Hope y'all ready.
UFC 150 is expected to be headlined by Henderson vs. Edgar while other bouts announced for the card include Yushin Okami vs. Luiz Cane in a middleweight mash up and Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman in lightweight action.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates.