UFC on Fox 7 Play-by-Play: Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez

April 18, 2013
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12-Henderson

Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez

Round 1: They touch gloves and the main event is underway.  Henderson takes the center of the cage.  Melendez lands first with an inside leg kick.  Henderson answers with one of his own. Melendez lands an inside leg kick followed by a right hand.  Henderson answers with a left hand.  Henderson throws a kick and Melendez catches it and takes Henderson down.  Henderson stands and eats a knee in the process.  Henderson lands an outside leg kick.  Melendez catches it and drives Henderson to the cage.  They battle for position and separate.  Henderson delivers an outside leg kick.  Melendez moves in with a combination.  Henderson lands a kick to the body.  Melendez catches and takes Henderson down and lands a knee to the body.  Henderson gets back to his feet.  Henderson throws a leg kick and Melendez catches it at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.

Round 2: Melendez pushes forward.  He lands a right hand.  They clinch and Melendez lands to the body.  They separate.  Melendez moving forward.  Henderson circles on the outside.  Henderson steps in with a knee to the body.  Henderson throws a jab to the thigh of Melendez.  Henderson rushes in with a right hand.  Henderson lands a leg kick and Melendez catches it.  Henderson goes to the body with a left hand.  Henderson cirlces. They exchange in the center of the cage.  Henderson lands a right hand.  Melendez lands a right hand.  Henderson delivers an elbow on the inside.  Henderson moving forward.  He jumps in with a jab at the bell.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 3: Henderson steps in with a combination.  Melendez counters with a right hand.  Melendez lands a right hand to the body.  Henderson switches stances.  He delivers a very hard outside leg kick followed by another.  Henderson lands a combination.  Melendez lands a right hand followed by another.  Henderson changes levels and looks for a takedown.  Melendez fends it off.  Henderson lands a knee to the body inside the clinch.  They exchange body shots and separate.  Henderson lands an outside leg kick.  Henderson lands a left hand.  Melendez answers with a right.  Henderson drops under for a takedown but Melendez stuffs it.  Melendez lands a right hand.  Henderson ties him up.  He lands two knees to the body and Melendez pushes him away.  Henderson goes to the body.  Melendez throws a leg kick.  Henderson counters with a straight right hand.  The get tied up and Henderson gains top position.  He unleashes strikes.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 4: Henderson moves in with a leg kick.  They exchange shots to the body.  Melendez moves forward.  He drops down for a takedown but Melendez shakes it off.  Henderson lands a kick to the body.  Melendez works for a single leg takedown.  Henderson defends the attempt.  Henderson lands a leg kick.  They scramble for a moment and are back standing.  Henderson steps in with an elbows.  He lands a left hand.  Melendez answers with a combination.  Henderson lands a side kick to the thigh of Melendez, and another.  Henderson throws a leg kick that sweeps Melendez.  He jumps on him.  Melendez scrambles out and back to his feet.  Henderson goes back to landing leg kicks.  Melendez lands a right to the body as Henderson moved in.  Melendez lands to the body.  He closes the distance.  Henderson lands a knee to the body.  Melendez answers with a right hook.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 5: Henderson lands an outside leg kick.  Henderson throws a switch kick that’s blocked.  Henderson lands an inside leg kick.  Melendez pushes forward.  He lands to the body.  Melendez pursues Henderson.  He’s throwing heavy punches.  Henderson circles away.  Henderson steps in with an elbow.  Melendez picking up the pace.  Henderson lands another elbow and another.  Melendez steps in with a glancing uppercut.  Melendez catches a kick by Henderson and lands a right hand.  Melendez jumps in with a knee to the body.  They exchange.  Melendez lands a right hand hand.  One minute remains in the round.  Henderson lands another short elbow on the inside.  Melendez answers with a body shot.  Melendez steps in with a jab.  Henderson misses with a spinning back kick.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Melendez.

The judges score the fight for Henderson by split decision.  The scorecards read 48-47, 47-48, and 48-48.  Henderson proposed to his girlfriend in the Octagon following the win.

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  • Maddawgmar

    Round 1 Melendez. IMO

    • Maddawgmar

      Round two real close could go either way. I pic Gil for activity early

      • Maddawgmar

        Round three. Gil. He landed the more convincing shots

        • Maddawgmar

          Round four Henderson.

          • Maddawgmar

            I call 48-47 Melendez. But that second was really close could easily be 48-47 Henderson. IMO

  • Supaman

    MMA weekly 100% right…

    Rd. 1 = Melendez
    Rd. 2 = Bendo
    Rd. 3 = Bendo

  • Supaman

    umm… the scorecards were actually 47-48, 48-47, and 48-47…

    “48,47, 47-48, 48-48″ would be a tie

  • http://twitter.com/julianmoranart julian moran

    1,3,5 melendez. The only thing Henderson got in round 3, is the take down 5 seconds before the bell, which was worthless.