Benson Henderson retains the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title as he wins over Frankie Edgar at the UFC 150 via split decision. Henderson captured the split decision over the former champion in the headliner fight at the UFC 150 held at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.
The headliner fight was a split decision; two of the three judges Dave Hagen and Mark Van Tine scored the match 48 – 47 in favor of Henderson, the third judge Tony Weeks gave a 49 – 46 ruling in favor of Edgar.
After the match, Henderson commented: “I was confused. The scoring on that one was a little weird. I thought 49 -46 but the judge was up close, so is this what it is? You always have to be concerned when it goes to the judges.”
Henderson’s fight plan was clear, he focused on kicks on Edgar’s legs which were effective in the early minutes of the match however, Edgar wised up and countered using his hands. He even managed to plant one on Henderson sending the fighter on the seat of his shorts in the second round. Fans and viewers clearly saw that rounds 1 and 2 were under Henderson’s control; the 5th round was all Edgar’s. On the other hand, round 3 and 4 were more difficult to call since both fighters were very competitive.
Henderson further commented: “Frankie’s tough,” remember that he was able to capture the belt from Edgar at UFC 144. “We all know how tough he is and his team is. They always bring it in rematches. I knew he would be tougher than in the first fight. I had to come in here and lay it on the line!”
Edgar has a few words to Henderson: “It don’t matter. I thought I brought it to him, but congrats to Ben. I’m upset, man. What are you going to do? I did [think I won]. I thought I brought it to him.”
Benson “The Smooth” Henderson is from Glendale, Arizona with 17 wins and 2 losses on his record. This win against Frankie Edgar is his 5th consecutive win with his recent fight also against Frankie Edgar as he captured the lightweight belt at the UFC 144 in February 2012. This match however was a unanimous decision as compared to UFC 150 split controversial decision.