Denver, Colorado – Benson Henderson (17-2) has done it again, proving that he is in fact the UFC lightweight champion as he takes a split-decision win over former belt holder Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) for a second time at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado. The win does not come without controversy however as much of the press and fans had Edgar doing enough to pull the victory. It was a back and forth war that had both men dropped in danger at times. According to the UFC’s official Fight Metrics (stats), Henderson out-struck his opponent and landed the bigger shots. Edgar did earn the majority takedowns, but was unable to capitalize.
Official: Ben Henderson defeats Frankie Edgar via split decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
Edgar now holding back to back losses in the division will most likely make the move down to 145 where he is sure to be a threat to current dominating champ Jose Aldo. As for Henderson, he will now look to defend his belt against the tough, well-rounded Nate Diaz later this year. Also, earlier in the night another top contender emerged in the co-main as Donald Cerrone knocked out Melvin Guillard early in the first. Cerrone is now expected to receive his desired grudge match against former WEC champ Anthony Pettis to find the next top contender.