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UFC to Return to Denver for UFC 150, Headlined by Rematch Between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar

In 1993, the UFC made history by holding its first event at the old McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. Now, the UFC will celebrate its 150th numbered event (Technically not, but play along) with a return to The Mile-High City on August 11. Tickets for the event, which takes place at The Pepsi Center, will go on sale June 15.

Headlining the event will be a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar, who lost the title to Henderson by unanimous decision at UFC 144. It’s an odd time to announce this fight, as Dana White has been adamant about having Frankie Edgar drop to featherweight. Not to mention that just days ago, Edgar seemed to be teasing a fight with Jose Aldo.

But in a way, an immediate rematch for Edgar only seems fair, considering that Edgar had to give out two immediate rematches while he was the lightweight champion.

Currently, there are two other fights announced for this card. There’s a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares vs. Dennis Hallman and a depressing middleweight bout between Luiz Cane and Yushin Okami. Expect the latter to be a loser leaves town fight; Cane has lost three of his last four fights, and Okami has looked more gun-shy by the minute since losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 134. Okami has most recently fallen to Tim Boetsch at UFC 144.

The UFC was most recently in Denver for UFC 135 last September, where Jon Jones made quick work of former light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and numerous heavyweights demonstrated what high altitudes do to a fighter’s stamina. We imagine that there won’t be too many heavyweight bouts this time around.

We’ll keep you posted as more details become available.

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linzhanbq- April 30, 2012 at 8:51 am . . .. . . . . .
SocraticMethod- April 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm
1. They announced that this rematch was going down weeks ago.

2. He didn't "tease" a fight with Aldo, you guys just made up an entry based on nothing.
RwilsonR- April 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm
This is all BJ Penn's fault, along with his stupid fans who insisted he get more undeserved title shots than any man alive. He lost to Edgar, fair and square. He should not have been given an immediate rematch. Because Edgar had to fight so many immediate rematches, Dana felt bad and wanted to give him an immediate rematch to get a shot at regaining his title. So if BJ hadn't been gifted so many things in his career, we wouldn't have this situation.
Todd M- April 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Yeah blame BJ, because he is the whining cry baby right? You are a fucking clown dude.
GIKE MOLDBERG- April 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm
I personally thought that Edgar was beaten fair and square-huge fan of the New Jersey boy and all-but the UFC LW division is too congested for any more rematches at this point in time-that's my feelings
Tursmo- April 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm
What happens if Edgar wins (somehow) by a close decision? Or maybe not even by a close decision, just like how their first match was but the roles reversed. Do they go for the immediate third match, or does Henderson just get a shitty deal?
smellypiratehooker- April 28, 2012 at 11:21 am
Ya, I also had a couple problems with this article. Jon didn't make quick work of Rampage, it lasted 4 rounds. Also, Okami was doing quite well until Boetsch tagged him and then the fight went down hill until the finish. That would give Okami two loses in a row, one being against Silva (understandable) and one against a guy how's been looking great at middleweight. I doubt he'll be leaving town if he loses.
Anhonestmoose- April 28, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Agreed about Okami. Boetsch has been impressive since dropping to middleweight. Even at light-heavy his losses were to pretty high level wrestlers. Can't fault a guy for that, especially when he's undersized.
smellypiratehooker- April 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm
I went to give you a thumbs up on your comment and my computer started to freeze up and I gave you three. So I'm gonna pull a " CagePotatoe " and retract two of those thumbs up.
The12ozCurls- April 28, 2012 at 11:31 pm
I tried to balance it out -- so I gave both of you thumbs down. We cool?
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 28, 2012 at 11:04 am
It wasn't "an odd time to announce this fight." You guys tried to speculate and read to much into something, and you were wrong. This rematch was always the plan.
You were wrong, deal with it.

and it doesn't "seem fair" that he gets a rematch. Henderson CLEARLY dominated and won by unanimous decision. No problems, no controversy, no reason for a rematch.

Yes, Edgar had a couple rematches, but that was because his fights were draws and close split decisions.
smellypiratehooker- April 28, 2012 at 11:27 am
I believe he said" it only seems fair" to give him the rematch but I do agree that there's nothing odd about them mentioning this fight being that Dana has been saying for awhile that he was going to give him the rematch and Frankie said nothing about dropping down anytime soon.