UFC 150 Results: Live Reactions for Every Fight
UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II comes to you live from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Saturday night.
Frankie Edgar will challenge Benson Henderson to determine who is the rightful UFC Lightweight Champion in the night's main event. Their previous meeting at UFC 144 in February ended with Henderson taking the title via unanimous decision.
In the co-main event of the evening, Donald Cerrone will go toe-to-toe with former contender Melvin Guillard.
The main card is rounded out with two middleweight scraps and a lightweight battle. Jake Shields returns to the middleweight division, and Ed Herman will be waiting to welcome him back. Yushin Okami looks to rebound from his UFC 144 loss to Tim Boetsch against Buddy Roberts. Opening the night's action will be The Ultimate Fighter: Live's Justin Lawrence against Max Holloway.
Five more exciting bouts make up the exciting undercard that will air on Facebook and FX.
Main Card on PPV at 10 p.m. ET
UFC Lightweight Championship: Benson Henderson (154.4) vs. Frankie Edgar (154.6)
Donald Cerrone (155) vs. Melvin Guillard (157.5)
Jake Shields (185) vs. Ed Herman (185)
Yushin Okami (185) vs. Buddy Roberts (184)
Justin Lawrence (145) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Preliminary Card on FX at 8 p.m. ET
Dennis Bermudez (145) vs. Tommy Hayden (144)
Jared Hamman (184) vs. Michael Kuiper (185)
Ken Stone (135) vs. Erik Perez (135)
Dustin Pague (136) vs. Chico Camus (135)
Preliminary Card on Facebook at 7:30 p.m. ET
Nik Lentz (145) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (145)
UFC Lightweight Championship: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
The first minute of the fight is spent trying to figure out the distance. Big leg kick from the champion. Another solid leg kick by Henderson. The champion throws another leg kick and Edgar dives on it to try and take him down but it is not successful. Edgar has not been able to close the distance and land a significant strike in this round. Knee to the body from the champion, and Edgar is able to land a punch because of the proximity. Big leg kick from Henderson, but Edgar takes him down. Henderson locks up a guillotine, but the round ends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Henderson.
Another leg kick from Henderson takes the leg out from under the challenger. Edgar catches a kick and responds with one of his own. Strong leg kick from Henderson. Edgar drops Henderson with a nice right hand. Edgar has a tight guillotine, but Henderson slips out of it anyway. Henderson gets back to his feet and they are back at range. Henderson shoots in but Edgar sprawls to defend.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar.
Henderson goes high with a leg kick, but it was blocked. Henderson's leg kicks are landing with force. Henderson lands a knee to the midsection. Edgar lands a solid leg kick. Edgar slips in a crisp body shot. Edgar lands a leg kick off of a combination of punches. Good leg kick from Henderson. A very close round comes to an end.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar.
Edgar catches a leg kick, but is not able to get a takedown from it. Stiff leg kick lands from Henderson and Edgar lands a counter right hand. Edgar catches another leg kick and Edgar takes him down. Henderson throws a head kick from the ground. Edgar going for a guillotine against the fence, but Henderson gets out again. Henderson lands a nice jab on Edgar. Clean shot from Henderson catches Edgar on the jaw. Edgar catches a leg kick, but Henderson pushes him away. Henderson beginning to showboat a bit, and meanwhile Edgar lands a right hand.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar.
Edgar opens the fifth and final frame with a good right hand. Edgar catches a leg kick and trips Henderson to the canvas, but does not follow it up. Good leg kicks from the former champion. Solid combination thrown from Edgar. Good left from Henderson. The overhand right from Edgar could be the punch that wins him the championship. They briefly clinch and upon breaking Edgar connects with a right. Leg kick from Edgar wobbles Henderson. Sixty seconds remain in the fight. Body shots from Edgar. Henderson lands a left hand. The overhand right lands from Edgar once again. Henderson's toes brush Edgar's face on that head kick attempt.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Edgar (49-46 Edgar).
Henderson defeats Edgar by split decision (49-46 Edgar, 48-47 Henderson, 48-47 Henderson).
Close, competitive fight. After dropping Henderson the tone of the fight changed in Edgar's direction. However, the judge's scored the bout in favor of Henderson and he will move on to fight Nate Diaz later this year. The crowd boo'd the decision, but in the grand scheme of things that means nothing. Edgar will be right in the mix for another shot at the championship or perhaps a drop in weight is upcoming. Henderson's performance continues to showcase how incredibly skilled he is, and he continues to stand atop the lightweight division.
Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard
Melvin drops Cerrone out of the gates. Melvin is turning it up, but cannot finish Cerrone. Head kick from Cerrone and he knocks Guillard out with a follow-up punch.
Cerrone defeats Guillard by knockout at 1:16 of the first round.
Wow. What a round of action. Quick fight. Big win for Cerrone and it will elevate him up the lightweight ladder.
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
Shields throwing leg kicks early, and Herman clinches. Shields tries to reverse position, but Herman has superior wrestling and keeps putting Shields' back against the fence. Shields trips Herman to the mat. Shields has Herman's back, but the Oregon native gets out of it and they are back on their feet clinching. Not too much action is happening from this position. Short knees and elbows are being thrown by Herman. Shields gets Herman's back against the fence, but Herman quickly reverses again. The round ends in this position.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shields.
Herman pushes Shields right against the fence, and Shields puts him on his back. Shields is working for a Kimura. Herman gets out of danger. Shields is landing short elbows to try and make Herman move. Shields tries to mount, but Herman defends. Shields moves to half-guard. The round closes with Shields on top.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shields.
Herman's corner instructed him not to clinch, and we will find out if he listens in the third. He did not. They are clinched. Herman separates from the position. Herman misses with a big uppercut. Shields lands a right and shoots in. Shields takes him down and is in side control upon impact. Shields advances to mount with two minutes remaining. Herman works out of the bad position and gets back to guard.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Shields (30-27 Shields).
Shields defeats Herman by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
This was not an exciting fight. However, Shields did what he needed to do to pick up the win and Herman showed solid submission defense. Those are just about the only two takeaways from this fight.
Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts
Roberts is going right after Okami. Nice straight right hand from Roberts. Stiff jab from Okami. Roberts and Okami landing on one another, but it is one strike at a time. Okami clinches with Roberts and walks him to the fence. Okami has the bodylock, but is unable to get Roberts to the canvas. Okami drags him down and ends up in Roberts' guard. Okami works to move to side control. Okami is smothering Roberts, and mounts Roberts. The round ends with Okami wailing away on Roberts.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Okami.
Roberts tries to close the distance and Okami clips him. Okami closes the distance and clinches against the fence. Okami is overpowering Roberts. Roberts goes for a guillotine, but doesn't get it. The submission attempt did allow Roberts to get back to his feet, but Okami stayed in the clinch and put Roberts back down to the mat. Okami moves to mount. Roberts rolls over and Okami starts to throw strike after strike. Roberts is just laying there and Dean stops the fight.
Okami defeats Roberts by TKO at 3:05 of the second round.
Okami was simply too strong for Roberts. This was an important win for Okami, but not the greatest of fights. The former title challenger is a massive middleweight who used his strengths to smother and dominate Roberts.
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway
Lawrence throwing kicks early. Lawrence connects with an overhand right. The distance Holloway sets makes it difficult for Lawrence to get inside. Left hook from Lawrence lands. Holloway accidentally kicks Lawrence low and the fight is briefly halted. They touch gloves and we are back underway. Lawrence tries to close the distance and Holloway makes him pay with a couple nice punches. Lawrence tries to take Holloway down, but abandons the attempt. Both exchange strikes that find their mark. Lawrence is bleeding from his hairline. Good body shot from Lawrence. A combination allows Lawrence to find the mark with an overhand right. Holloway tries a flying knee at the end of the round and it hits Lawrence low.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Lawrence.
Lawrence is throwing side kicks that are nowhere close to landing. Holloway not allowing him to get inside his range early in the round. Lawrence throws a spinning back fist that only partially connects, but is mostly ineffective. Good right from Holloway. Lawrence tried to shoot in, but Holloway stuffed the attempt. And another stuffed takedown attempt. Holloway forces Lawrence back against the cage, but is hesitant in throwing strikes. Holloway hurts Lawrence with a body shot and Rosenthal steps in to call the fight.
Holloway defeats Lawrence by TKO at 4:49 of the second round.
Excellent victory for Holloway. A big left to the liver sits Lawrence down, and Holloway throws more strikes to force referee Josh Rosenthal to stop the bout. Body shot stoppages are beautiful.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tommy Hayden
Hayden is trying to stay out of Bermudez's range. Bermudez attempts a takedown and gets it down to the mat. Hayden throws a sloppy head kick when he gets back to his feet. Hayden seeks the takedown, and Bermurdez sprawls well. Hayden lands a huge knee that drops Bermudez. Hayden gets his back and is working for a rear naked choke. Bermudez gets out of danger and is on top throwing strikes. Back to their feet they go. Push kick by Bermudez lands and locks in a standing guillotine to get the tap.
Bermudez defeats Hayden via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:43 of the first round.
Hayden was outmatched, but did catch Bermudez with a big knee. After being unable to finish he was in all sorts of trouble. Bermudez showed excellent resolve in the fight by coming back and finishing shortly after being dropped. Nice submission victory.
Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper
Kuiper walking Hamman down from the outset. Hamman circling away and landing various strikes. Decent jab from Hamman. Good leg kick lands by Hamman. Kuiper throws heavy hands but is not accurate early on. Kuiper clinches and dumps Hamman to the mat. Hamman works back to his feet. Kuiper lands a good leg kick. Kuiper rocks Hamman. Kuiper continues to stalk Hamman. Good straight right by Hamman lands. Kuiper lands a few more times before the round ends.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Kuiper
Hamman's leg is jacked up from that leg kick in the first round. Hamman lands a few punches, but Kuiper eats them without much issue. Kuiper drops Hamman, but he is one tough hombre. Kuiper rocks him again, and the referee is content in letting Hamman get blasted. He finally stops it.
Kuiper defeats Hamman via TKO at 2:16 of the second round.
Kuiper was too powerful for Hamman. He walked him down and every strike landed was significant. Hamman offered nothing in the power department to slow him down. Kuiper brutalized him in the second to earn the finish in another strong UFC debut on this card.
Ken Stone vs. Erik Perez
Perez opens with a leg kick, Stone counters. Perez levels Stone and jumps on him for the finish.
Perez defeats Stone via TKO at :17 of the first round.
Quick and brutal. Perez ends Stone quickly. Early contender for KO of the Night.
Dustin Pague vs. Chico Camus
Pague comes forward on the outset, and he eats a nice long jab from Camus. Pague throws a kick and it is caught. Camus takes him down and begins to work from within Pague's guard. Pague throws up a triangle and locks it in, but Camus has space. Pague is landing nice short elbows from the position. Camus continues to defend well and keeps enough space to avoid being choked. Pague loses the triangle. Pague rolls for an Omaplata, but loses it and Camus avoids being swept with the submission.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Pague.
Pague catches a leg kick from Camus and takes him down. Camus gets back up. Nice short left from Camus connects. Pague catches Camus with a hook as Camus shoots in for a takedown. Camus has Pague down. Camus continually working to pass, but Pague is working to free his leg from the bottom. Camus passes to side control. Pague quickly moves back in to guard. Pague is continually looking for a submission, but Camus is not giving him any space to work with. Nice elbow from the bottom from Pague. Pague works to his feet at the end of the round.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Camus.
Pague immediately takes Camus down and have back mount. Camus finds a way to spin in to Pague's guard. Pague with more elbows from bottom. Camus gets to half-guard. Camus landing some punches from top. Camus with full mount. Camus has Pague's back and is searching for the choke.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Camus (29-28 Camus).
Camus defeats Pague by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
A solid fight overall, and a good UFC debut for Camus. Pague has his chances but failed to do significant damage. In the third and deciding round, Camus controlled position and landed some decent ground strikes that secured him the victory.
Nik Lentz vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Tentative start to the round, and then Lentz tries to close the distance. Mitsuoka drops for a takedown attempt, but it is easily defended by Lentz. The former Golden Gopher gets Mitsuoka's back and takes him down. Mitsuoka gets back to his feet, but Lentz still has his back. Lentz drags him back down. Mitsuoka is back up and they briefly separate, but Lentz is relentless. He has Mitsuoka down and working from to pass. Lentz gets his back again, Mitsuoka gets to his feet, but Lentz slams him back down. Lentz gets the hooks in. Lentz landing ground and pound, it is nothing significant but Mitsuoka is not defending. The referee gives him time to defend but is forced to stop the fight.
Lentz defeats Mitsuoka by TKO at 3:45 of the first round.
Domination from Nik Lentz. Once Lentz had his paws around Mitsuoka he controlled the fight. Takedown after takedown from Lentz before advancing position to earn the stoppage with ground and pound. A solid debut at featherweight.