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UFC 150 - Review

UFC 150 was last Saturday (August 11th, 2012) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Overall I thought it was a great card. There were good fights in both the main and preliminary cards. My thoughts on three of the main card fights below:

Jake Shields made his overdue UFC debut at middleweight with a boring (as usual) win over Ed Herman. I’m going to chalk this one up to Shields still getting used to being back at 185 and the fact that the event was at altitude. Hopefully his next fight will be more exciting as he’ll need to win over some fans if he hopes to make a title run.

Melvin Guillard came in a bit over at 157.5 but the extra 2.5 lbs didn’t help him much as Donald Cerrone won by knockout at the end the very exciting first round. Donald was hurt early after eating a hard counter left, but was able to rally and KO Guillard. Cerrone wobbled him with a head kick followed up by a solid straight right. Interestingly after the fight Cerrone (who is friends with Guillard) spoke about how it was difficult to go for an additional finishing blow.

Lastly, in the main event Benson Henderson was able to retain his lightweight title against Frankie Edgar however it was a razor thin decision and in my opinion Edgar won. Based on the official UFC Statistics provided by FightMetric Edgar out struck and out grappled Henderson. On my (very unofficial) scorecard I had Edgar winning 3 rounds to 2. It’s disappointing as Edgar has now lost 2 controversial decisions to Henderson so he is unlikely to to get another shot, I think it’s time for him to try his hand at 145.