Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
Henderson via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 46-49)
Wow. Henderson is nothing but respectful of Edgar in his victory and Edgar stays classy not questioning the judges. He is disappointed and admits that he thinks he had the decision, but thanks the fans and deserves credit for a strong performance.
Speaking of the fans, boos rain down from the rafters at the Pepsi Center. The crowd clearly thought a different decision was coming.
Makes you wonder what Dana White will have to say...
Another great night of fights. Thanks for following along.
Round 5 - The Final Round! Edgar brings it strong landing an early right hand and later another that puts Henderson on his backside. The Toms River, NJ fighter is giving Henderson a run for his belt. Henderson gets up quickly and doesn't shy away. More of Henderson patented side kicks find their target, but you can't help but feel that the judges are begging for someone to clearly take this fight.
Half the round remains and both men seem to be becoming more cautious. This is not the time! Edgar continue to counter Henderson's leg kicks with solid rights, while Henderson seems confused as to how to crack the "Edgar Round 5" code. Edgar catches Henderson with a strong kick to the shin that puts Henderson off balance. Edgar 10-9?
A few last minute flurries are thrown and this is extremely close. It's time for the judges' score cards...
Round 4 - Henderson picks up where he left off landing a strong left to Edgar's chin. Henderson seems to be trying to bait some activity from Edgar and might regret what he wishes for. Edgar takes Henderson to the canvas and while Henderson lands an upkick, Edgar has reapplied the choke.
Tons of time on the clock but the champ is the champ for a reason and escapes once again!