Benson Henderson is the UFC's new king of controversy. Not for anything he's said or done outside the cage, but for his propensity to split the judges and the crowd at the end of five long rounds.
For the second time in three fights, Henderson was the lucky recipient of a split-decision victory, this time over Gilbert Melendez in front of Melendez's furious hometown crowd. Henderson again displayed some interesting attacks, including a jab to the thigh, standing heel kicks and a nifty lead left elbow. Melendez did better with the bread-and-butter stuff, pursuing the champion with straight punches and the occasional spearing knee to the body.
As the bell rang, both fighters raised their hands in the air, both confident the day was theirs. But, in the end, there can be only one.
It was an action-packed card from top to bottom, filled with incredible twists and turns for most of five hours. Henderson, of course, wasn't the only winner.
In mixed martial arts, unlike most sports, there is a significant entertainment element at play. A fighter can win a bout on the scorecards and lose in the eyes of fans and matchmakers with a dull performance. Likewise, an official loser can win in the end with an exciting and valiant showing. Click on for the real winners and losers from UFC on FOX 7.