Following every UFC and Strikeforce event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2, which took place on Aug. 11 from the Pepsi Center in Denver.
It may have been controversial, but Ben Henderson was able to defend his lightweight title on Saturday.
In a rematch of UFC 144, where “Smooth” won the belt, Henderson took on Edgar in the main event at UFC 150. The two fought to a split decision where the champion retained his crown, even though many scored the bout for Edgar.
Fans in Denver voiced their opinion on the decision, but a win is a win for Henderson, and he will now move on to defend his strap against Nate Diaz.
Diaz has been waiting months for the lightweight division to finally pan out due to many rematches. But after a win over Jim Miller in May, he has now been promised a title shot.
The two won’t meet until early next year, more than likely, and will probably headline a pay-per-view event.
The Stockton, Calif., native will bring the fight to the champion, but will Henderson survive to defend his belt for the second time? The match-up is sure to be an entertaining fight for UFC fans around the world.
Fans have been waiting to hear this match-up for years.
Much of the success the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion was due in large part to what Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis did while fighting on the blue mat. Cerrone was a top contender during his stint, while Pettis captured the WEC lightweight title by putting on the best fight in WEC history.
Now, it appears the two will finally meet.
Cerrone fought at UFC 150, where he knocked out his former training partner, Melvin Guillard, in just 1:16. Guillard had an early onslaught by dropping his opponent, but “Cowboy” responded with a big knockout to get the win.
With a two-fight winning streak, Cerrone is climbing back towards the top. He and Pettis have exchanged words the last couple of weeks, so it’s evident that this fight will happen.
“Showtime” Pettis is coming off surgery, but is still greatly in the mix at 155 pounds. This fight could be a title eliminator, which could mean one of the two could earn himself a title shot with one more win.
Expect nothing short of fireworks in this lightweight battle.
Former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields returned to his more comfortable weight class of 185 pounds to take on Ed “Short Fuse” Herman. Shields went on to defeat Herman by unanimous decision on the main card.
Also on pay-per-view, Yushin Okami bounced back with a TKO win over Buddy Roberts to avoid going 0-3 in his last three appearances.
With the timing perfect and both working their way back to the top of the division, a fight between Shields and Okami makes perfect sense. The two fought back in 2006 in the Rumble on the Rock promotion, but that fight was at welterweight, and the two have improved greatly since then.
This will be a good test for both men with the winner getting closer to a title shot. Also, the fight would more than likely take place on a pay-per-view card that would draw many viewers.
Twenty-year-old Max Holloway is the youngest fighter in the UFC, but as far as his skill set, you’d think he has been competing for two years.
Holloway defeated Justin Lawrence on Saturday, improving his UFC record to 2-1. “Blessed” is one of the top prospects in the UFC, but he shouldn’t be put in the Octagon against an above-average fighter just yet. Instead, he should face someone like Nam Phan.
Phan edged out Cole Miller in his last outing, but still hasn’t put together an impressive run since coming off The Ultimate Fighter. Phan has competed against very good fighters, and will be a solid test for the young Holloway.
Photo: Ben Henderson (MMAFighting)
Photo: Ben Henderson (MMAFighting)