UFC 150: Controversial Lightweight Rematch
UFC 150: Controversial Lightweight Rematch, Benson Henderson attempts to defend his belt against Frankie Edgar in another hard-fought battle. UFC 150: Benson Henderson beats Frankie Edgar to retain title in controversial split decision, Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar battled almost to a standstill Saturday in their lightweight title fight in the main event of UFC 150.
Henderson pulled out a split decision, winning 48-47 on two cards and losing 49-46 on the third to retain the title he won from Edgar at UFC 144 in Japan.
Edgar was elusive and difficult for Henderson to catch. Henderson, who had an 89-62 edge in strikes landed, was scoring well with kicks early in the fight. But as the bout wore on, Edgar was more in control.
The decision is sure to spark plenty of debate. It drew the ire of the crowd at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, and Edgar won 49-46 on the Yahoo! Sports card.
Henderson celebrated when the fight end, but admitted he wasn’t sure when it was announced that he’d kept his belt.
“Of course, you always have concern when it goes to the judges,” Henderson said.
His biggest concern was in the second after Edgar caught him in a choke. But Henderson has been the most difficult man to submit in the UFC and he kept that reputation intact, holding on before finding a way to get out of it.
Edgar wasn’t able to land the big shots that he had been in other fights, but he also didn’t take nearly as much damage as he had in others. He had a minor bloody nose and a nick around his right eye, but otherwise was clean.