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UFC 150 Aftermath

By Elias Cepeda

The rematch contained slightly less constant action than the first engagement but Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar put on another technical, evenly-matched lightweight title fight Saturday night in the main event of UFC 150. Henderson also walked away with another decision win over the man he beat last February to win the championship belt.

Perusing twitter and the forums last night and today, to say nothing of Edgar’s complaints after the split decision was announced for Henderson, it appears that many fans and fighters believed that “The Answer” should have gotten the nod from the judges. This writer scored it for Henderson but only someone with an agenda could deny that it was a close, hard to score fight.

Henderson opened up quickly in the first round, landing quick kicks to Edgar’s lead calf, bruising and tripping him up. Edgar scored a take down in the stanza but got caught in a good guillotine choke attempt by Henderson, before escaping.

Henderson charged forward and age a right hand right to the chin from Edgar, dropping to the mat. From there, Edgar controlled Henderson on the ground for most of the rest of the round with a front head lock. Edgar worked to get his own choke in or move to the back but Henderson defended well and survived the round.

Rounds three and four were close in terms of strikes landed, as was round five. In the last round Henderson clearly closed most aggressively and finishing more emphatically with strikes.

When the decision was announced for Henderson, Edgar stormed away. He and his team acted like he was robbed.

He was not. But the intensity of feeling is quite understandable given how hard fighters work at this level in the sport and how well Edgar fought and how close the bout was.

Neither man would’ve been crazy to have heard the final horn and believed that he had won. Someone had to be disappointed. Fans of world-class fighters fighting technically were not.

Henderson will face Nate Diaz next. The future for Edgar is unclear.

It is a cruel world for number one contenders that have failed multiple times to beat the person who is now the champion. Sure, he clearly pushes Henderson to the limit and fights him as closely as anyone can, but Edgar will not just get an endless series of rematch opportunities.

Will Edgar start climbing the ladder again at lightweight or will the undersized fighter finally drop down to featherweight? If he chooses do go down to 145 pounds, UFC President Dana White says that he will not get an automatic title shot. He likely wouldn’t have to win more than a single fight at that weight before getting the chance to challenge for the belt, however.

“I think Frankie would have to fight somebody at [featherweight before challenging for the title there],” White said at the UFC 150 post-event press conference. “We’ve got that thing backed up, we’ve got all these [divisions] backed up for titles right now. That one’s backed up. And if I know Frankie like I do, I’m sure he’s gonna want to go down there and fight [for the title] right way.

“I’ll talk to him later and see what he wants to do.”

It has been asked many times before but what do you want to see Edgar do, taters? Should Edgar go to featherweight or come back for what he believes is his at lightweight?

Cerrone went and got some more fans

Lightweights Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard are friends. They used to train together. Last night they fought one another and it was brutally exciting.

Guillard landed a nasty left hook that hurt Cerrone early on, following up with knees to the body and head. Cerrone managed to hang on, maintain his composure and, when he hit a glancing kick to the head of Guillard, put his buddy on queer street.

Cerrone did not hesitate at all to follow up on his wobbled friend with a right hand that dropped and put Guillard out. The fight didn’t last much longer than a minute but it won Fight of The Night honors. We don’t disagree.

Cerrone also took home a separate bonus check for KO of the night. Wonder how much of that $120,000 bonus cash he can fit in that stylish cowboy hat of his.

Mr. Excitement wins again

Jake Shields won another technical grappling-heavy fight by decision last night where he dominated the action, never stopped moving or working to improve position and…most fans probably didn’t love watching it. That’s Shields’ curse – he’s damned good at grappling but fans who don’t train can’t appreciate what he’s doing while he’s doing it.

For his part, Ed Herman was a live dog in the submission wrestling-like contest – never letting Shields stay in a dominant position for very long. Herman probably should have focused on staying out of grappling range with Shields and tried to box him up on the feet, but he was the one who initiated much of the grappling action through the first two rounds.

When he did get Shields down, he couldn’t keep him there. When Shields got Herman down, he kept him there.

In the third round Herman had a sense of urgency and swung hard on the feet but that only opened him up to getting taken down again by Shields. Shields is back at middleweight and looked to have plenty of strength in the clinch and gas in the tank.

Perhaps he’ll climb further here than at welterweight. But he’ll always have trouble against elite fighters as long as he can’t set up his take down attempts well with strikes.

Middleweight Yushin Okami had to wait years longer than he should have to earn a shot at champion Anderson Silva but as soon as he did, he hit a two-fight losing streak. Last night he got his first win since 2010 by finishing Buddy Roberts in the second round via TKO.

We’ll see if Yushin has another run for the title in him. He rarely looks bad and opponents rarely look good against him.

Dennis Bermudez earned Submission of The Night honors from the under card with a standing guillotine finish of Tommy Hayden. Slick. $60,000-worth of slick.

- Elias Cepeda

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Petree- August 14, 2012 at 9:31 am
Frankies little temper tantrum was pathetic. As good ol Ric Flair says, To be the man, you gotta beat the man. Frankie I dont know how to break this to you but, you didnt beat the man. Now, either drop to 145 and kick some butt or, get back in line.
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BONGTAR- August 13, 2012 at 9:13 am
I have 6 months sprawl training, I thought it was awesome
Sabado Gigante- August 13, 2012 at 7:33 am
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Darkside- August 13, 2012 at 1:52 am
Damn, I wish I trained UFC so I could appreciate Shield's fights...dumbass.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 13, 2012 at 1:39 am
...I seem to remember Henderson on the bottom defending front chokes for a good portion of the fight...
Mr_Misanthropy- August 13, 2012 at 1:36 am

The title fight was like a boring three round decision stretched out into five rounds. Sure there was some action but both fighters seemed reluctant to engage. It wasn't a total lackluster affair but it really didn't prove anything.

Guillard and Cerrone saved the pay per view.

At least Holloway and Lawrence put on a scrap.

Buddy Roberts looks like a brontosaurus with the head of a chihuahua. Yushin Okami's looking washed up. Luckily for him the script has room for token minorities.

Ed Herman screwed the pooch. Every time he stayed standing he did good and every time he got within humping distance Shields put on his tar baby routine. Watching Shields fight is like getting Robo'd on the tussin and eating a handful of ambiens, xanax and oxycontin. You're lucky to be alive after a fifteen minute dose.

Once again the undercard put on good action from a bunch of guys gettin paid diddly squat with something to prove.
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm
Dear Jake Shields,

Why do we not have the option to pay less money for the PPV if we don't watch your fights. Honestly, I just log on to Netflix and pretend you're Donnie Yen for 15-25 minutes at a time. Maybe Zuffa needs to start giving out Fine of the Night penalties to decision seeking douchebags.

Someone who is not a fan of you or Jon Fitch
Sho Nuff- August 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm
I thought that was an excellent example of having to beat the champ to be the champ. Edgar did not win the fight. Some say he outpointed Ben, some say he didn't. But in no world can Edgar's performance be called "winning a fight". No, Ben didn't either, but he's got the prize.
tigerius- August 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm
"In the last round Henderson clearly closed most aggressively and finishing more emphatically with strikes."

I swear I thought you just wrote the wrong name there. In the fight I saw Hendo looked hesitant and passive all fifth.
dranokills- August 12, 2012 at 9:32 pm
Elias Cepeda you are an idiot.
That answers that.
Qlay- August 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm
I agreed with the first judge. But I also agree with MKO, Bendo did not win that fight. It looked like he was lost by round 4.
Dizzylittlelord- August 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm
agree with mko, maybe Elias is slightly biased towards Henderson but he didnt push the pace at all. round 3 was anyones so why wasnt it marked as a 10-10 draw. 4 and 5 were edgars. he got henderson down and in dominant positions he pushed it on the feet and actually hit henderson. the decision was bollocks
Crow42- August 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Cerrone vs Gullard = the reason I love MMA
MKO- August 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm
I had it 49-47. Round 1 Bendo. Round 2 Edgar. Round 3 even. Round 4 Edgar. Round 5 Edgar. I could see it 48-47 Edgar. I could possible see a draw. In no way did Bendo win. Watch the fight on mute and don't see the fightmetric (this isn't boxing; the stats rarely have a correlation with how the fight is going).

A significant strike means nothing. It is completely arbitrary. Which strikes were the most effective? FE's. Who's strikes backed up and made his opponent scared to come inside? FE. A quick body punch that backs the opponent up is way more effective than a head kick that doesn't even stop your opponent from throwing.

Bendo wouldnt initiate. He knew he was getting outstruck and countered every time. His corner saw it and was begging him to move forward in the fourth and fifth rounds.
amsterdamheavy- August 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm
I had it 48-47 Edgar myself but it could just as easily go the other way. There nothing to argue with on this one; "dont leave it to the judges or sometimes things like this happen in MMA"...or something
Amjur- August 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm
I thought Henderson won their first fight. I thought Frankie did much better this time around; I gave Edgar rounds 2,4, and 5. But it was an incredibly close fight, and I would agree that for all intents it was a draw. Hopefully the Answer will drop to 145; maybe in that weight division he'll have better luck keeping it out of the judges' hands.
Clyde- August 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm
I had it 48-47 Edgar, but I agree with Filmdrunk, the last 3 rounds were so close I was really struggling to make a decision one way or another for most of the fight.

I'd like to see Frankie at featherweight. There's probably no one at lightweight that he couldn't beat, but there are a lot of interesting fights for him at 145 as well and it's certainly worth a try for him.
beef_kurtains- August 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm
It's only fitting that Frankie "The Decision" Edgar loses a close decision. That's how he fights and you won't always get things to go your way. He lost the first BJ fight, but was gifted a decision, so it's only fitting. If he wants to be champ and hold the strap, he's got to figure out a way to finish a fight.

I had it 48-47 Henderson. Hell of a fight though.
FilmDrunk- August 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm
I had it 49-46 for Edgar, but scoring any round but one or two would be totally arbitrary. For all intents and purposes it was a draw.