Unfortunately for Frankie Edgar he seems to be in the middle of it almost every single time, and the judging once again haunted him in his rematch with Benson Henderson at UFC 150.
The two lightweights rematched after a razor-close fight in their first bout in Japan back in February, and while many felt this bout has a much more clearly defined winner, the judges did not agree.
Henderson and Edgar battled in a true game of inches, spending the majority of the fight on their fight tagging back and forth with strikes. Henderson landed his most damaging strikes to the legs, while Edgar showcased his quickness to move in and out and pop the champion with his punches.
Edgar landed the most significant strike of the entire fight in the 2nd round when he clipped Henderson with a punch, knocking the Arizona based fighter to the mat. Edgar rushed in looking for more punishment, but Henderson was quick to recover and avoid much more damage.
The remaining three rounds were all very close with Henderson landing bigger shots while Edgar as usual landed a much higher volume of strikes. The final round saw Edgar pick up the pace, pop shotting Henderson with a barrage of combinations but the champion not to be deterred fired back with powerful strikes of his own.
When the final horn sounded, Edgar appeared jubilant in his corner as he was sure he reclaimed the UFC lightweight title, but the judges did not agree.
The scores came back 48-47 twice for Henderson and 49-46 for Edgar, as the champion retains his belt via split decision.
“I was a little bit confused, the scoring on that one was a little bit weird I thought 49-46, but you know the judge had a perfect view, he was up close, so it is what it is,” Henderson said after his second victory over Edgar.
“Of course you’ve always got to be concerned whenever it goes to decision.”
Henderson will now close the book on his rivalry with Edgar after two back-to-back fights that were as close as any championship fights could possibly be.
“Frankie’s tough, we all know how tough Frankie is. I had to come in here and lay it all down on the line,” Henderson said with the championship belt wrapped around his waist.
An extremely disappointed Frankie Edgar threw his hat down into the corner as Bruce Buffer read the decision, and he was visibly upset as he once again goes home without the UFC lightweight title.
“I thought I had it, I thought I brought it to him,” Edgar said. “But congrats to Ben.
“I’m upset, but what are you going to do. I did, I did, I thought I brought it to him.”
Unless something dramatic changes, there won’t be a third fight for Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar as the lightweight division will now move onto the next contender and that is Cesar Gracie black belt Nate Diaz.
Diaz will now step in to face Benson Henderson, while Frankie Edgar will fly home to New Jersey undoubtedly disappointed by how the judges decided his fate at UFC 150.