UFC 150: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar II Preview
We breakdown the lightweight title rematch!
After an abyssal UFC 149 event, mixed martial arts fans received a gift from Zuffa in the form of UFC on FOX 4.
Can this Saturday night's UFC 150 event continue the promotion's momentum?
When: August 11, 2012
Where: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
What: UFC 150 Edgar vs. Henderson II live on pay-per-view
UFC lightweight championship: Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar
At one point in his mixed martial arts career, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre was considered the king of rematches, having fought BJ Penn twice, Matt Serra twice, Josh Koscheck twice, and Matt Hughes thrice. But look no further than former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who has fought--and won--three consecutive rematches in title fights.
This time around, Edgar looks to reclaim the lightweight title from the man that beat him for it in February, Benson Henderson. Henderson defeated Edgar to win the title via unanimous decision in a fight that was controversial to say the least. From this observer's point of view, it looked like Henderson won the fight fair and square. On the other hand, there were enough people who thought the fight should have gone the other way, leading to Edgar successfully campaigning for a rematch.
One glaring detail people seem to omit because they are unaware or do not remember is that immediately following the fight, UFC President Dana White said on camera that he thought Edgar won the fight. Despite White's observation, he still opted to give former WEC lightweight champion and the last fighter to beat Henderson, Anthony Pettis, the next title shot.
Unfortunately for Pettis, between Edgar's company man attitude, fan support, and the boss saying he thought the wrong guy won, that title shot was rescinded. Of course, as WrestlingObserver's.com's Dave Meltzer has said, Pettis could have been main eventing UFC 150 right now had he went out of his way to campaign for the shot. Instead of doing just that, Pettis went against the guidance of his advisors and went on vacation. A short time later, he found out he wasn't getting his title shot. Let that be a cautionary tale to all fighters.
Now—onto our main event. As UFC color commentator Joe Rogan said during the first Edgar-Henderson matchup, it looked like fighters competing in two different weight classes.
Well, Henderson has not gotten any smaller and Edgar is certainly no bigger since February. The upkick that practically broke Edgar's nose in the last fight can be avoided, but whether it's fully healed enough to allow him to deal with Denver's high altitude is another story.