Benson Henderson retains title, wins split decision over Melendez


Another lightweight title fight, another razor-close decision.

Despite a spirited early effort from former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, Benson Henderson retained his belt by a split-call.

The lightweight title bout, which unofficially capped off a night of matchups between the shuttered Strikeforce and the UFC, was the main event of today's UFC on FOX 7 event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. It aired on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Two judges scored the contest 48-47 for Henderson while one dissented for Melendez by the same score. The decision was roundly booed by the crowd, which repeatedly chanted for Bay Area resident Melendez before and during the fight.

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Title Fight Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez Vs. Ben "Smooth" Henderson
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) - Fight was for the Lightweight Title
Name Gilbert Melendez <a href=Gilbert Melendez" />
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 155 (70.31 kg)
Record 21-2-0
Team Cesar Gracie
Name Ben Henderson Ben Henderson
Height 5′ 9″ (175.26 cm)
Weight 170 (77.11 kg)
Record 17-2-0
Team The Lab
-Benson Henderson defeated Gilbert Melendez by Split Decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)


tags: Gilbert Melendez (detail)  Benson Henderson   UFC on FOX 7   


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sniper1026 site profile image  

4/22/13 1:46 PM by sniper1026

Benson...2nd round maybe!3,4, & 5 yes!

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

4/22/13 1:06 PM by ranier wolfcastle

my officialwhocareswhatthisguythinks decision: rematch warranted (ugh)   gil says i spit on this decision    

bakobell site profile image  

4/22/13 12:12 PM by bakobell

Benson is one of my favorite fighters. That being said, I just don't see a fire in him anymore. His motivation seems to be not to lose. In his wec days he was a killer. Those were some great fuking fights. The man was a monster who couldn't be submitted. I think the Pettis fight was the same as the fight GSP had with Serra. I honestly think that Henderson won that fight but got robbed by "the kick" but it changed his style. Benson only fights if he gets pushed lately.

Beefy Wellington site profile image  

4/22/13 12:10 PM by Beefy Wellington

Seems to be a common opinion

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

4/22/13 12:06 PM by ranier wolfcastle

r 5 coulda been a draw too. ben took the first half and gil the 2nd imo. gil was chasing him a bit but never effective in that moment

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

4/22/13 11:47 AM by ranier wolfcastle

i had bendo taking r 4 in both viewings. not by a huge margin. i suppose r3 10-10 is just as fair a score as gil taking it by a hair, btw

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

4/22/13 11:31 AM by ranier wolfcastle

now i saw r 3 in slo mo this was a very close round the easy-to-see stuff like 2 takedowns and a leg kick "knockdown" (more like a sweep effect) had me and judges giving it to bendo previously.   upon 2nd watch, closer inspection has me giving it to gil by a little. he won more of the exchanged and landed some good punches to the head.   so now i have gil winning 3 rounds, and consequently, the whole fight. i have also made myself look stupid, since i gave 3 rounds and the win to bendo watching live.   also i watched with no sound this time. lol?  

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

4/22/13 11:13 AM by ranier wolfcastle

watching again now with slo mo nobody disputes gil took r1 i previously thought r2 was very close, but i now have seen its clearly gills round

tcrowl18 site profile image  

4/21/13 4:07 PM by tcrowl18

did Bendo fight with a toothpick this time? is so, he is my favorite fighter because thats just being insane.