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Henderson vs. Edgar Results: Breaking Down the FightMetric Numbers

Vince CareyContributor IAugust 11, 2016

Henderson vs. Edgar Results: Breaking Down the FightMetric Numbers

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    It’s safe to say that Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar’s second fight is going to be one of the most debated decisions in a long while.

    After another close fight between arguably the two best lightweights in the world, we were left to go to the judges’ scorecards, a phrase that puts fear into the hearts of fans every time we see a fight that looks like it could have gone either way.

    Edgar earned himself a 49-46 score from judge Tony Weeks, but the other two judges weren’t as kind to “The Answer”, and each awarded Henderson a 48-47 result that kept the UFC lightweight title in the hands of the champion.

    Can you say controversy?

    Many in the MMA world thought that Edgar had done enough to earn the decision, and it turns out that they can use the FightMetric numbers to back their claim.

    The MMA scoring system gave the slight edge to Edgar in Rounds 2, 4 and 5, while giving Henderson the first and third.

    Still, the fight was so close that a deeper look into the numbers is needed, so we’re going to break this one down round by round with the FightMetric numbers.

    All statistics courtesy of FightMetric.

Round 1

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    This is clearly one of the most dominant rounds of the fight.

    Henderson started out strong, out-landing Edgar in all areas of the striking game by a 12-7 margin, particularly using a well-placed leg kick to take the challenger off of his feet a few times.

    While Edgar did score a takedown during the round, the champion immediately got back to his feet, and the second time the fight hit the floor, it was because Henderson had locked in his signature guillotine.

    Overall, a huge round for the champion as he left little doubt as to who took the first. 

    FightMetric Round Winner: Henderson

Round 2

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    While Henderson had a strong performance in the first, Edgar completely dominated the second.

    Edgar owned the striking battle at 12-9, but one of those 12 shots landed was a huge right hand that sent Henderson to the canvas.

    Edgar jumped on his opponent as soon as he went down, and he controlled the fight on the ground from there.

    Henderson fought off a guillotine choke from the challenger, but this was definitely Frankie’s best round of the fight and by far the most one-sided. 

    FightMetric Round Winner: Edgar

Round 3

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    This is where things start to get interesting.

    While the first two rounds were easy to call, the final three are all close enough to make a case for either fighter.

    The third round was contested entirely on the feet, and Edgar got the better of the champion in terms of total strikes, scoring 15 to Henderson’s 13.

    The problem is that Henderson’s shot were far more effective. He out-landed Edgar in head shots and threw far more strikes, which would make him the more active and aggressive fighter.

    It’s a close call, but Henderson gets the slight nod here. 

    FightMetric Round Winner: Henderson

Round 4

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    This is by far the closest round in a fight filled with close rounds.

    Henderson started finding his range a bit in this round, landing two more significant strikes than his opponent and out-striking Edgar in terms of headshots, but in the end the total strikes resulted in a 17-17 draw.

    Edgar made up for it with an extremely important takedown and an eventual guillotine attempt, but Henderson was never truly in trouble in the round.

    The round was so close that FightMetric didn’t even declare a clear winner, but the edge went ever so slightly to Edgar due to the 10-point must system they use.

     FightMetric Round Winner: Edgar

Round 5

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    In case you haven’t been paying attention, we’re tied at two apiece right now.

    In the winner-takes-all round, it was actually the challenger who won the frame on the feet.

    Edgar landed 19 strikes compared to 14 for Henderson, and in a round that only featured any significant action on the feet, that was more than enough to earn him the round on the FightMetric scorecard.

    FightMetric Round Winner: Edgar

Conclusion

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    The numbers back up Edgar, and a lot of the MMA community does as well, but the fourth round was close enough that the fight could honestly swing either way.

    So did Edgar get screwed?

    Or did he just not do enough to warrant a title change?

    You can take the debate here and watch the verbal fireworks fly.

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