Edgar vs Henderson: The Numbers Say That Benson Henderson Was the Winner

Matt Saccaro@@mattsaccaroContributor IIIFebruary 26, 2012

Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson is a decision that's being debated almost as much as Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit, but this time the winner is clearer. 

Despite some saying that Edgar was the clear winner, the statistics tell a different story. 

In the striking department, Henderson beat Edgar in both the amount of strikes landed and the damage done by them. 

He landed 100 total strikes to Edgar's 81. Henderson also managed to bloody up Edgar's face and swell one of his eyes shut (which no doubt helped the judges lean towards a Henderson victory). 

The only facet of the fight where Edgar had the advantage was in the grappling. Edgar landed five takedowns throughout the fight (which usually score tons of points with the judges) compared to Henderson's one. 

However, Edgar couldn't capitalize on any of those takedowns. Even when he took Henderson's back, he couldn't do anything; Henderson always managed to neutralize any ground-based attack that Edgar had. 

In fact, it was Henderson who threatened more when the fight was on the ground, attempting several guillotine chokes and even nearly knocking Edgar out cold with a devastating up-kick. 

The fight was close, there's no dispute about that, but there's also no dispute that Henderson landed more strikes, attempted more submissions, and came closer to ending the fight than Edgar ever did in the entire 25 minute affair. 

The MMA world will just have to move on and get over this one like they got over all the other somewhat questionable decisions in the past. 

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