UFC's Henderson winner in split decision

Benson Henderson punches Frankie Edgar at UFC 144. (GETTY IMAGES)

Benson Henderson punches Frankie Edgar at UFC 144. (GETTY IMAGES)

Neil Springer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 AM ET

Benson Henderson won a controversial split decision over Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 150 in Denver, Colo., Saturday.

The bout is destined to be debated by fans and critics alike.

The UFC lightweight champion had no trouble timing Edgar early, landing a series of sweeping low kicks and clipping Edgar with a right hook. Edgar shot in towards the end of the frame, but got caught in a guillotine-choke attempt as time expired. Edgar bounced back in the second, dropping Henderson with an overhand right and attempting a guillotine choke, but he couldn't secure the submission.

The third was close with both men finding a home for their strikes, but neither man making a statement.

Edgar picked it up in the fourth after catching a leg kick and taking Henderson to the mat, where he looked to lock up yet another choke. Henderson managed to return to his feet, landing solid punches as Edgar unloaded with low kicks. Henderson appeared to shut down slightly in the fifth, as Edgar went to work, tagging him with hard punches and low kicks. However, every time Edgar looked to be in control, Henderson would land something to make it competitive.

After five rounds, the judges awarded Henderson a split decision with scores of 46-49, 48-47 and 48-47.

“I was a little bit confused with the scoring on that one,” Henderson said of the one judge awarding the bout to Edgar. “Of course you have to be concerned when it goes to decision.

“Frankie's tough. We all know how tough he is. I had to come in here and lay it on the line.”

A disappointed Edgar said he felt robbed.

“I thought I brought it to him,” Edgar said.

“I don't know if I'm going to watch that fight again. I'm upset. I thought I brought it to him.”

With his first successful title defence out of the way, Henderson will now meet Nate Diaz in the near future.

Donald Cerrone handed Melvin Guillard the first knockout loss of his career in the co-main event, but it didn't come easy.

Guillard dropped Cerrone early with a left hook and went in for the kill, punishing Cerrone with punches. But Cerrone weathered the storm before wobbling Guillard with a high kick. He then delivered a vicious straight-right for the win.

“I came in a little aggressive,” Cerrone said. “I knew he hits hard; I was like, 'Oh s---.'”

It wasn't pretty, but Jake Shields won his middleweight return, dominating Ed Herman.

Much of the first round saw the two exchange positions in the clinch, against the cage, but Shields briefly secured back control on the mat. In the second, Shields tripped Herman down immediately and worked for a kimura from side-control before getting brought back to guard.

Herman managed to keep the fight standing for the early portion of the third, but once again found himself on his back near the two-minute mark. Shields managed to transition to full mount before getting stuck in guard as the fight came to a close.

After three dull rounds, Shields was awarded a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.

“Ed Herman is a tough, underrated guy and I'm really happy to go in there and get the win,” Shields said. “To be honest, I was getting a little tired in there from the altitude, so I had to slow my pace down and I couldn't fight the way I had planned to. In hindsight, I needed to get here earlier to acclimate, but that's how you learn.”

Yushin Okami ended his two-fight losing skid, putting Buddy Roberts away with punches in the second round.

“I was away from victory, but with this I feel like I'm on the path back,” Okami said. “I came to Denver early so that I would be in the best condition possible for this fight. I was able to use my ground-and-pound, which is my best weapon.”

Okami's last two outings saw him suffer TKO losses to middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Tim Boetsch.

Max Holloway earned an impressive second-round TKO victory over The Ultimate Fighter: Live cast member Justin Lawrence.

Dennis Bermudez bounced back from the brink of defeat to submit Tom Hayden with a standing guillotine choke in the first round of the final preliminary bout.

Michael Kuiper picked up an exciting second-round TKO victory over Jared Hamman.

Erik Perez scored a lightning-quick TKO win, putting Ken Stone away with punches in 17 seconds.

Chico Camus won a hard-fought unanimous decision over TUF 14 cast member Dustin Pague in his UFC debut.

Nik Lentz snapped a three-fight winless skid, earning a first-round TKO win over Eiji Mitsuoka in his featherweight debut.

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UFC 150 RESULTS

Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via split decision (46-49, 48-47, 48-47)

Donald Cerrone def. Melvin Guillard via first-round KO (head kick and punch)

Jake Shields def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Yushin Okami def. Buddy Roberts via second-round TKO (punches)

Max Holloway def. Justin Lawrence via second-round TKO (punches)

Dennis Bermudez def. Tom Hayden via first-round submission (guillotine choke)

Michael Kuiper def. Jared Hamman via second-round TKO (punches)

Erik Perez def. Ken Stone via first-round TKO (punches)

Chico Camus def. Dustin Pague via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Nik Lentz def. Eiji Mitsuoka via first-round TKO (punches)

 


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