Henderson has Edgar's number again
The sequel certainly outpaced the original, but the ending was the same: Benson Henderson beat Frankie Edgar via a decision.
Henderson retained the lightweight belt he grasped in February’s bout with Edgar with a majority decision Saturday night (46-49, 48-47, 48-47) in the main event of UFC 150 at Pepsi Center.
Each of the three judges gave the first round to Henderson and the second and fifth rounds to Edgar. The discrepancy in the scoring came in rounds three and four.
“Frankie is tough,” said Henderson, who won the first fight with a unanimous decision. “Everybody knows he’s tough. My hat’s off to him, his team and his coaches.”
The judge’s decision was greeted with jeers inside the arena.
"It's one of those controversial decisions,” UFC president Dana White said. “Let me just say this, I’m not a judge. Benson Henderson won the fight tonight. He retained the title and that’s the end of it. I know there were a lot of people who scored the fight differently.”
“I thought I had it,” Edgar said. “I did think I did enough. I felt I pushed the pace and took the fight right at him, but here we are.”
Edgar barely escaped the first round after Henderson applied the guillotine with 20 seconds left. Henderson also knocked Edgar to the mat with a sweeping kick earlier in the round.
Edgar rebounded in the second as he stunned Henderson with a right hand midway through the round. Henderson fell to the mat as Edgar went in for the submission. It took more than a minute for Henderson to extricate himself.
Neither fighter, however, distinguished themselves to a great degree over the final three rounds.
"I definitely did enough to get my hand raised," Henderson said.
Henderson is slated to fight Nate Diaz, who attended the fight, next.
The co-main event lasted all of a minute, 16 seconds, but lightweights (and former training partners) Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard crammed few rounds of action into that space.
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