Fighting in a title fight for the sixth consecutive time, Frankie Edgar looked to claim what he said was his back from Benson Henderson, the lightweight strap. UFC 150 took place Aug. 11 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
In the main event, Henderson defended his title against Edgar, while in the co-main event, Donald Cerrone knocked out Melvin Guillard. Jake Shields defeated Ed Herman unanimously, Yushin Okami TKO’d Buddy Roberts and Max Holloway takes out the body of Justin Lawrence.
As their first meeting met in a close decision that saw the title changing hands, Edgar hoped to have the odds in his favor as he challenged Henderson for the lightweight belt in the main event of the evening.
Henderson started to chop at the legs of Edgar early, which saw the former champ have difficulty standing. Not being one to hand in the towel, Edgar fought back and landed many significant strikes while scoring the only two takedowns of the bout. However, with the judges’ giving an opinion on the rematch, they felt that Edgar fell short.
With one of the judge’s giving all but one round to Edgar, the other two felt the opposite and gave Henderson the split decision victory. Now that Henderson has retained the lightweight title, he now has to prepare for number one contender and the next challenger, Nate Diaz.
Already coming in to this bout, Guillard seemed not ready, as he failed to make weight Friday before the event.
Giving up five-percent of this pay to Cerrone, Guillard came out swinging, looking to capture one of the nights bonuses to make up for his loss. Catching Cerrone near the start of the opening round, Guillard was ready to cash his check, but Cerrone pulled out the rug from underneath him.
About a minute into the round, Cerrone landed a head kick that had Guillard doing the chicken dance, which was ultimately followed by a devastating right hand. With that being the only knockout of the night, Cerrone may be up for his fifth bonus since joining the UFC.
Making the move back to middleweight, Shields first challenge in the division was the dangerous Herman.
With Shields having the obvious disadvantage in the striking aspect of the fight game, he wasted no time at taking the bout the ground. Once there, Shield’s controlled Herman and dominated the rounds.
Even though the crowd did not approve of their performance, the judges’ felt otherwise and handed Shields the unanimous decision victory.
Not being able to scrape up a win since 2010, Okami met Roberts for the second bout of the main card.
Okami came out of his corner pacing Roberts, but had trouble pulling the trigger early. Pushing through his apprehensions, Okami took the fight to the mat where the Japanese fighter had the apparent dominant skills. Giving up his back, Roberts had no choice but to cover up as Okami threw repeated punches until the referee called off the bout.
In his first bout with the UFC since winning ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season 15, Lawrence looked to stay undefeated against the young Holloway.
Holloway took his time in the first round, as he was slow to find his rhythm against the crafty striking of Lawrence. However, in the second round, Holloway found his range and started to rain fury upon Lawrence.
Dropping Lawrence with a vicious body punch combination, Holloway unloaded everything he had to the downed Lawrence, forcing the stoppage with 11-seconds remaining in the round.
UFC 150 broadcasted the preliminary section of the night’s card on FX, while the event took place Saturday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Dennis Bermudez overcomes adversity to submit Tommy Hayden, Michael Kuiper picked apart Jared Hamman, while Erik Perez stopped Ken Stone in record time, and Chico Camus was successful in his debut against Dustin Pague.
Making drastic changes in his camp proved to be the right decision for Bermudez coming into his bout against Hayden.
Hayden had his opponent is a precarious position as Bermudez got caught with a knee to the head early in the first round that saw him fighting off a rear-naked choke. Bermudez soon turned the tables and caught Hayden in a standing guillotine-choke, forcing him to tap with 15-second left in the first round.
Bermudez moves to two straight wins in the UFC, while Hayden gives up two in a row.
With Hamman fighting in his hometown, and known for having a solid chin, this bout against Kuiper was promised to be something special and they did not disappoint.
Kuiper methodically walked down Hamman for most of the first round, walking through punches and delivering crushing blows of his own on the way. However, a leg kick by the Dutch fighter, Kuiper, changed everything.
Hamman was fought on one leg coming out for the second round, informing his corner between rounds that had a torn muscle in his leg. Within a blink of an eye, Kuiper stepped up the pressure and dropped his opponent early in the round. Hamman gave a valiant effort, but eventually had to be saved by the referee. Kuiper now has his first victory in the UFC in two attempts as Hamman’s record with the organization falls to 2-4.
Don’t let his age fool you. Perez may be the fifth youngest fighter in the UFC being 22, but that didn’t matter as he disposed of Stone in a bantamweight record of 17-seconds.
It didn’t take long for the second fight of the FX preliminary to get started as the fighters met in the middle of the Octagon swinging. Early in the exchange, Perez ate a right hand, but delivered one of his own immediately afterwards, dropping Stone on his face.
A few seconds of ground and pound later, referee Herb Dean was calling a stop to the bout. The win pushes Perez’s win streak to six straight.
Starting out the night for the preliminary portion of the event was an entertaining bout between UFC newcomer, Camus and respective rookie, Pague.
Pague appeared to have the fight under control midway through the first round when he locked up a tight triangle-choke from his back. However, the patience of Camus paid off and Pague was forced to release the hold.
For the remainder of the bout, Camus proved to be too dominant of a force during his inaugural performance. Camus handed Pague his third loss in four fights with the UFC while stretching his winning streak to four, with a unanimous decision victory.