UFC 150 is over but the talk is just beginning. People are arguing and asking, Was Frankie Edgar Robbed at UFC 150? Did Ben Henderson really earn the decision? To be honest we will all have a different opinion but the bottom line is that none of it can be changed. The only thing that this fight will bring up in UFC meetings is if there should be future scoring or judging changes.What means more on a judges scorecard? Does control override strikes landed? What effect do submission attempts have in the scoring? Or how do we figure out how many small strikes it takes to outscore more damaging strikes? These are all questions that UFC fans are posting on the internet today and will be sure to be brought up in future meetings.Here is my opinion on the whole thing.
First of all, the fight could have went either way. It was a very close fight and would be impossible to score it “correctly” There is almost no correct call in a fight this close. After watching the fight on PPV with a few friends I agreed with the Judge who scored the fight 49-46 for Edgar, but after watching and reviewing the match this morning, I came to the conclusion that 49-46 was incorrect in my opinion. Below is how I had the fight scored.
Round 1:Henderson. 10-9. Henderson landed some really good leg kicks in the first round which did some visible damage to the leg of Edgar…Edgar did land a take down but Henderson had a good submission attempt that looked tight.
Round 2:Edgar 10-9. Edgar Landed a very good strike in the middle of the round that knocked Henderson back.Edgar was also able to control the fight on the ground for a short amount of time.
Round 3: Even round 10-10. This was a toss-up round, both fighters landed some decent shots and I could not determine a clear winner.
Round 4: Edgar 10-9. Edgar appeared to have landed the better shots.He also landed a good take down that allowed Edgar to control Henderson with a Guillotine attempt for a short period of time.
Round 5:Henderson 10-9. Edgar landed more strikes but I feel that the few strikes and the head kick Henderson landed won him the round.Also another round that could have went either way.
So as you can see I had the fight scored as a draw.The 10-10 round was extremely close and could have went either way and I considered giving the 5th round to Edgar but had to give it to Henderson because of the head kick. Edgar won his rounds more clearly then Henderson, but lacked the consistency to win the other rounds. Henderson will now move on to face Nate Diaz which will be an attempt at a second title defense. For Frankie its time to make some decisions, will he move down to 145 like a lot of people have suggested?Or will he continue to fight at 155? I think Edgar might just decide to move down and fight at 145. It just seems like a more fitting division for his size and build. I also think he could easily beat many of the top contenders in the Featherweight division. It would also be good for the Featherweight division because it would bring a major contender that has the skills to beat Jose Also.
Written By:Colin Barton