Henderson retains title, wins razor-thin decision over Edgar

source: mmajunkie.com

At least on the scorecards, Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II was closer than the first.

But in the end, two of three judges scored the bout in favor of champ Henderson, who defended his title for the first time in another close fight with Edgar.

The bout served as the main event of Saturday's UFC 150 event at Pepsi Center in Denver. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

The audience erupted in boos at the announcement of the decision, which was read 49-46 in favor of Edgar and 48-47 twice for Henderson.

"Of course, you're always concerned whenever it goes to the judges," the champ defended as the audience voiced its displeasure. "I fight for all MMA and UFC fans. I come here and bring it! I try to finish fights!"

Disgust turned to dejection for Edgar as he was asked for his reaction to the score.

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Title Fight Frankie "The Answer" Edgar Vs. Ben "Smooth" Henderson
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Lightweight Title
Name Frankie Edgar <a href=Frankie Edgar" />
Height 5′ 6″ (167.64 cm)
Weight 155 (70.31 kg)
Record 14-2-1
Name Ben Henderson Ben Henderson
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 15-2-0
Team The Lab
Benson Henderson defeared Frankie Edgar via split decision (46-49, 48-47, 48-47)

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kelby site profile image  

8/13/12 2:26 PM by kelby

thanks for mentioning that. i shut the sound off and tried to make out who was getting the best of who. fast pace fight. it is good he mentioned that. that was the thing i noticed, he ducked and couple quick shots and got out. sneake bugger, i seen a little desperate look on hendersons face. sign that you know he is hitting you more than you are. lol. at any rate, diaz henderson, edgar henderson they are all exciting fights.

ClydeErwinBarret site profile image  

8/12/12 11:20 PM by ClydeErwinBarret

Joe actually mentioned Edgar's duck and under and counter right many times throughout the fight and especially the later rounds as well.

kelby site profile image  

8/12/12 10:53 PM by kelby

when i listen to joe rogan, i thought henderson won. every time henderson landed a kick he would sound like that was the end all. one thing i noticed is, every time henderson landed a shot edgar would land to very quick shots, and alot of times he would duck and throw in one or two quick shots. fast ones, i don't think they noticed, but very easy to notice on tv. i think edgar got robbed.

Josheo site profile image  

8/12/12 9:45 PM by Josheo

I had it 2-2 heading into the 5th. I thought Edgar did enough to win, as he was the one who pushed the action and landed the cleaner shots. Although I don't agree with the judges' decision, it was hardly a robbery. I think a well-reasoned argument could be made having either fighter winning. And, no, every fight cannot end in a submission or KO. So it's stupid to argue that fighters shouldn't leave it to the judges, who are supposed to be experts at deciding who won and who lost. I believe that every fighter wants to win in devastating fashion, but it's just not reasonable to expect every fight to end this way. Decisions are a necessary part of the game. If a rash of bad decisions are handed down, then the onus should be placed on the judges to get it right, not on the fighters.

Greenup site profile image  

8/12/12 4:06 PM by Greenup

Sounded like a close fight and possibly a robbery. Did not watch the fight tho.

Neil McCauley site profile image  

8/12/12 4:04 PM by Neil McCauley

so edgar lost the first round, then came back and won the remaining 4. Thats at least what i came back with after watching in my cannabis induced comma.

BigSleep site profile image  

8/12/12 3:53 PM by BigSleep

Saying "don't leave it in the hands of judges" is truth because there will always be subjectivity in scoring a fight, no matter how good the criteria or scoring system. How can you argue that?

Chiron site profile image  

8/12/12 2:55 PM by Chiron

I can understand saying Frankie should've gotten the judges decision last night, but more clearly than Benson took the first fight? You should get your eyes checked. Last night was extremely close. Their first fight wasn't anywhere near as close.

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8/12/12 1:57 PM by Chiron

The rules/scoring really need to be changed to get these guys to try to do more than win by a couple strikes or a TD or save most of their actions for the end of the round. Were seeing far too many fighters become real conservative in big fights and its not good for the sport. They were both pointfighting last night.Im glad the judges called it the way they did because Benson is less likely to fight with that play it safe mentality again whereas we know Edgar's always going to focus on that sort of style as long as he wins with it. It was karma for the other decisions Frankie got via pointfighting. Pointfighting leads to a lot of controversial decisions and Edgar is one of the biggest ones in the sport thats why 4 of his last 6 fights have been controversial. A champ should have the mentality to win more decisively than than that. Im hoping this makes Edgar open his eyes and realize he needs to move his strategy away from an emphasis on points and toward an emphasis on finishing.

Enemies site profile image  

8/12/12 8:35 AM by Enemies

Whoa, thought it was 49-46 Edgar. I can understand how somebody could see it 49-46 either way based on 3 of the rounds being pretty close but I really thought Edgar won the fight.