The UFC returned to action this evening from the Mile High city of Denver, Colorado for UFC 150. In the main event, lightweight champion Benson Henderson edged out a narrow decision victory over former champion Frankie Edgar. In the co-main event, Colorado’s Donald Cerrone rebounded from a shaky start to put away former teammate Melvin Guillard down in impressive style.
In other action, Jake Shields, Yushin Okami, and Max Holloway all notched wins on the night.
Henderson Edges Edgar, Retains Crown
It was a lot closer than their first fight but lightweight champion Benson Henderson hung on to edge out former champ Frankie Edgar. Henderson landed power shots throughout the fight but Edgar answered with counters and volume throughout the fight. Edgar again had the takedown edge in the fight but it was to no avail as the Henderson won the razor-thin decision victory. The score cards were close, but there was no robbery tonight, as the last three rounds could have gone to either fighter and a judge would not have been incorrect.
Henderson will now face Nate Diaz for the lightweight strap after defeating Edgar for the second straight time. Edgar will likely take some time away and consider a move to featherweight after losing tonight.
Cerrone Recovers to KO Guillard
Donald Cerrone came in confident in his ability to end the fight but was maybe a little too cocky as Melvin Guillard stunned “Cowboy” with a counter left hook that sent him reeling. After eating another couple of vicious shots from Guillard, Cerrone shook out the cobwebs and bounced back. Cerrone landed a glancing headkick that stunned Guillard before putting him down hard with a massive right. Cerrone looked to finish with a choke but Guillard was clearly out and Cerrone walked off in victory.
Shields Controls Herman En Route to Decision Victory
Hometown favorite Ed Herman tried to out-grapple grappling specialist Jake Shields and came up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. While Herman had the edge in the striking game, his pedigree of looking for a takedown came back to bite him when he tried to follow up his strikes with clinch work. While Shields could not finish the bout, he controlled the majority of the second and third rounds from the top position to get the nod from the judges. The win was Shields’s first win at middleweight in the UFC.
Okami Grounds and Pounds out Roberts
Yushin Okami looked outgunned on his feet against Buddy Roberts but the pendulum swung in his favor once the fight hit the floor. Okami looked to advance every time he hit the mat. In both the first and second rounds “Thunder” rained down strikes from the backmount. While time ran out in the first round, Roberts could not last until the bell in the second round. The win ended a two-fight skid for the former number one contender from Japan.
Holloway Stops Lawrence
Max Holloway was supposed to be at a striking disadvantage in his bout with kickboxing champion Justin Lawrence as his opponent tonight. Unfortunately for Lawrence, Holloway did not get the memo. While Lawrence seemingly took the first, Holloway found his range in the second round. Around midway through the second, Holloway landed a big knee to the right side of Lawrence that hurt “The American Kid.” While Lawrence seemed to recover, Holloway landed a massive left hook to the body that crumpled Lawrence to the canvas. Holloway quickly swarmed and improved to 2-1 in the UFC after the stoppage.
Main Card (pay-per-view)
- Lightweight Title Fight: Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via split decision (46-49,48-47,48-47)
- Donald Cerrone def. Melvin Guillard via KO (punch) at 1:17 of Round 1
- Jake Shields def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (29-28,30-27,30-27)
- Yushin Okami def. Buddy Roberts via TKO (strikes) at 3:05 of Round 2
- Max Holloway def. Justin Lawrence via TKO (body punch and strikes) at 4:49 of Round 2
Preliminary Card (FX)
- Dennis Bermudez def. Tom Hayden via submission (standing guillotine) at 4:43 of Round 1
- Michael Kuiper def Jared Hamman via TKO (strikes) at 2:16 of Round 2
- Erik Perez def. Ken Stone via TKO (strikes) at :17 of Round 1
- Chico Camus def. Dustin Pague via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
- Nik Lentz def. Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO (strikes) at 3:45 of Round 1