A fight that was widely expected to go down to the wire did Saturday, as Edgar battled Benson Henderson. The two previously fought just five months prior at UFC 144, where Henderson was given a unanimous victory despite many arguing that Edgar won the fight.
Saturday's fight promised more of the same, and it delivered. Both fighters bruised each other up in the Octagon for five full rounds and neither looked close to giving up or tapping out.
Edgar once again was spurned by the judges, but this time it was as a split-decision. He looked much more in control of his game in last night's main card and showed a lot of strength.
"The Answer" will undoubtedly be a handful for whoever decides to fight him next, and he looks to be a major contender to win a title in his next bout.
Both fighters made it very hard on the judges in the fifth round, as a round that would likely decide the winner went both ways and never featured a true victor.
The judges' scorecard is another indication that a promising future is ahead for Edgar. One judge had Edgar winning 46-49, while the other two noted 48-47 scores.
It's hard to imagine the fighter who notched the only real takedown of the fight not actually winning, but that's what happened in this one. Edgar punished Henderson in the second round with an overhand right hook, but it wasn't enough to convince the judges throughout.
Edgar could've very well been the winner of this fight had one or two punches gone his way in the third and fourth rounds. It's thought of that Henderson won both rounds as Edgar seemed to have been much stronger in the second and fifth rounds, and those telling rounds (three and four) were very tight.
When it comes down to it, Edgar proved to all of us that he's still capable of fighting at an elite level and that he deserves a chance to contend for any title that he weighs in for.
It won't be long until we have an answer on "The Answer" and who he'll face next after this loss that may have done more good to his career than bad.