It wasn’t meant with a boisterous ovation, but Benson Henderson successfully defended his UFC lightweight title against Frankie Edgar Saturday night in the main event of UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II. The final decision was split, with one judge awarding it to Edgar (49-46) and the other two giving it to Henderson (48-47).
Henderson said he was in tears after hearing the first scoring by the judges, but those tears of sorrow were quickly changed to tears of enjoyment after the next two readings.
“You are always concerned with a decision,” Henderson said. “I fight for all the MMA fans. I try to finish fights; I bring it for you guys.”
Henderson and Edgar fought to a decision earlier this year in Japan. “Smooth,” a former WEC champion, will now meet Nate Diaz, who UFC president Dana White confirmed as the No. 1 contender earlier this week.
“Hat’s off to Frankie, he’s a tough fighter,” Henderson said. “He always brings it and I knew this fight would be way tougher (than the first one).”
Henderson out-landed Edgar in significant strikes, 89-62, and kicks, 35-26. Edgar attempted a few submissions on Henderson.