UFC 150 Results: Most Memorable Moments from Henderson vs. Edgar II
UFC 150 is in the books, and the UFC lightweight championship debate has been settled.
Or has it?
Following an incredible bout earlier this year that saw Benson Henderson defeat then-champion Frankie Edgar by a very tight decision, Aug. 11 made for more interesting post-fight talk as the two lightweights slugged it out again for a full five rounds without an obvious winner rising up to separate himself.
The Henderson-Edgar rematch wasn't the only fight that happened in Denver, though. In fact, another lightweight bout on the main card may have stolen the show.
Let's take a look back at the most memorable moments from UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2.
A Dominant Debut for Nik Lentz at 145
Once considered one of the top 155-pounders in MMA, Nik Lentz had been on a streak of two losses in a row when he was lay-and-prayed against Mark Bocek in December 2011 and stopped by a cut in a "Fight of the Night" bout against Evan Dunham just a month later.
The losses led Lentz to re-evaluate his entire career and make some major changes. He left "The Academy" in Minnesota and spent eight weeks in Florida training for his UFC 150 bout against Eiji Mitsuoka at American Top Team.
Not only that—Lentz dropped 10 pounds to make his debut in the very thin UFC featherweight division.
The change of scenery seemed to have worked. Lentz completely dominated the bout against Mitsuoka, landing four takedowns in the first round alone before taking his Japanese opponent's back and punching him out to a TKO.
Lentz looked like a different fighter at 145 and may have given new life to his career.
Fastest Knockout in Zuffa Bantamweight History
It took just 17 seconds for bantamweight Erik Perez to make history Aug. 11 by defeating Ken Stone in the fastest 135-pound knockout in UFC or WEC history.
In a fiery exchange, Perez absorbed a shot from Stone and answered with a big right hand that landed right on the button. Stone instantly face-planted on the mat, and that gave Perez the opportunity to capitalize with a few punches before referee Herb Dean stepped in to call a stop to the beatdown.
The stoppage appeared that it might be a bit controversial at first, as Stone immediately recovered when Dean pulled Perez off of him, but the replay clearly showed that he was out and was likely saved from taking some serious damage thanks to a great stoppage from Dean.
A Torn Muscle, the Heart of a Champion
Following his Aug. 11 loss to Michael Kuiper, no one can question the toughness and the heart inside of Jared Hamman.
Hamman has been in some wars in the past, but none quite like the UFC 150 contest that saw him tear a muscle in his right leg after a huge leg kick from Kuiper in the first round.
Hamman battled back, but took tremendous punishment throughout the fight, getting rocked at least a half-dozen times before finally getting smashed with a Mortal Kombat-like uppercut from Kuiper that put the fight away.
Kuiper landed some serious bombs throughout this bout and deserves to be remembered for an impressive performance, but few will forget the heart Hamman showed in Denver.
An Impressive Finish
The final preliminary bout on FX saw Tommy Hayden battle former The Ultimate Fighter runner-up Dennis Bermudez in a featherweight contest.
Bermudez caught Hayden with a front-kick that landed on the chest and chin, rocking the Cincinnati native in the process before slapping on a deep, standing guillotine choke that got the submission with just seconds left in the first round.
The win was Bermudez's second straight since dropping to featherweight after his loss in the lightweight final on TUF. It also was Hayden's second UFC loss after entering the promotion with an undefeated 8-0 record in January.
Holloway Again Unleashes on His Opponent’s Body
After losing his UFC debut to Dustin Poirier in February, UFC featherweight Max Holloway dominated Pat Schilling in June, punishing his opponent with a tremendous barrage of body shots on his way to an easy victory.
On Aug. 11, he earned his second win in the Octagon, perhaps in even more impressive fashion this time. Holloway unloaded with fury on Justin Lawrence late in the second round of their UFC 150 bout, earning a TKO by knees and punches to the body.
Body shots have become increasingly common in the UFC, it seems no featherweight is better at it than Holloway.
An Expected Outcome
With a 10-4 record in his UFC career, Yushin Okami certainly has established himself as one of the top middleweight fighters in the company and in the entire world.
Sure, he's lost two straight against No. 1 middleweight in the world Anderson Silva and, perhaps the hottest middleweight contender in the world, Tim Boetsch. But the matchmaking that put Okami in a bout against Buddy Roberts at UFC 150 simply didn't make any sense.
Granted, Okami was originally scheduled to fight Luiz Cane, who then got injured. Then his replacement opponent, Rousimar Palhares, also got injured. At that point, you'd think the UFC might just consider calling off the bout and waiting until another more logical opponent than Buddy Roberts could come along.
I mean no disrespect to Roberts, who was on a six-fight winning streak coming into the bout, but Okami is listed as a -650 favorite in sports books—that should go to show just how mismatched this bout really was.
Okami dominated the contest for the entire 8:05 that it lasted, taking Roberts' back numerous times before finally taking his back and punching him out.
All in all, this fight essentially did nothing for Okami's career, while it gave a discouraging loss to an up-and-comer in Roberts who showed practically nothing to be proud of other than escaping the first round.
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields left the promotion in late 2010, vacating his title in the process to prove that he was one of the best in the world in the UFC.
Shields dropped to welterweight in the process and earned himself an immediate chance against one of the top 10 fighters in the world, Martin Kampmann. He won a disappointing, controversial decision in that bout, but then proceeded to get destroyed in two straight decisive losses against Georges St-Pierre and Jake Ellenberger.
While he got back in the win column against Yoshihiro Akiyama in February, Shields decided that a return to the middleweight division might be what's best for his career. He made that move back to 185 on Aug. 11, jumping right into the fire against a very tough opponent in Ed Herman.
Some believed Shields was vulnerable coming into the fight, but after three one-sided rounds in which he got back to his grappling as opposed to trying to strike on the feet, it was obvious that the Jake Shields of old was back.
Although he hasn't finished a fight since June 2009, Shields may have re-invigorated his career by moving back to 185 pounds, where he can add some strength to his frame.
A Fight That Didn’t Disappoint
It's funny how MMA works sometimes. There are some fights that don't look that great on paper, but then deliver a crazy war for the cages. Then there are some fights that look like they should be highly entertaining, but flame out in a boring snore-fest.
Everyone in the world thought Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard would be a barn-burner, and it turns out all of us were right.
Guillard caught Cerrone with a huge shot just seconds into the fight, rocking Cerrone back on his heels. Guillard moved in for the kill, throwing everything he had at "Cowboy," but he couldn't put him away.
Cerrone eventually recovered, regained his composure and delivered a punishing head-kick that saw his shin connect with the top of Guillard's head. Guillard staggered back and Cerrone instantly took advantage, landing a right hand that put Guillard down for the knockout.
The "Fight of the Night" saw Cerrone get his eighth win in his past nine fights, while Guillard has now lost three of his past four.
Another Razor-Thin Decision
If the first fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan wasn't close enough for you, the second bout at UFC 150 should have quenched your thirst for judging controversy.
Henderson and Edgar both had their moments on Aug. 11 as they again battled for the UFC lightweight championship. They now have fought for a total of 50 minutes in 2012, and neither fighter was able to put the other way.
After winning the first round, Henderson gave up the second to Edgar when the former champion rocked him with a right hand and nearly submitted him with a D'Arce choke.
The final three rounds really could have gone either way, which is why a split decision on the judges' scorecards really wasn't that surprising.
In the end, it was Henderson who benefited from the judging for the second straight time, earning him his fifth consecutive UFC lightweight win and his first title defense since winning the bout in February.
Edgar was visibly upset at the decision, but as UFC president Dana White always says, if you don't want the judges to make a decision, then finish the fight. Edgar has done that just three times in his 13 fights in the Octagon.
A Scrum at the Post-Fight Press Conference
The UFC 150 main event featured perhaps the top two lightweights in the world, but it appears as if their managers couldn't let the fighters do their own dirty work.
Shortly after the start of the post-fight press conference, a scuffle began to the side of the stage. Both Dana White and the fighters who were answering questions were noticeably distracted, and White even went over to see what was going on.
According to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, Frankie Edgar's manager, Ali Abdelaziz got into a physical altercation with Benson Henderson's manager, Malki Kawa:
"If you're wondering what the brouhaha was during the presser, I'm told Frankie's mgr @alidominance and Bendo's mgr @malkikawa got into a scuffle. Not sure who won, but I'm told it was the opposite of the main event, if you catch my drift. For whatever it's worth, Ali and his team say he punched Malki in the face. It seems like they didn't like what he had to say after the main event, although, I'm not quite sure what was said."
Don't look to see much more come out of this since these are two professionals, but it certainly was an interesting end to a great night of fights from Denver, which highlighted just how tightly contested the UFC lightweight title fight really was.
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