UFC 150 will be headlined by a lightweight title rematch pitting the champion, Benson Henderson, against challenger Frankie Edgar.

The two men met at UFC 144 with Henderson doing just enough to take the title from Edgar. In the first fight, Edgar began to control the action much in the same way we’ve seen before, until Henderson began landing power strikes that caused visible damage to Edgar’s face. The fight was extremely close and heavily disputed by fans. Henderson and Edgar will have a chance to put the arguments to rest when they meet inside the Octagon on Aug. 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Before the lightweight title picture becomes clear, two exciting lightweights will go to war inside the Octagon. Both Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard are among the most exciting fighters to ever step inside the cage. Fans won’t want to blink in this fight for fear of missing a potential flash finish. Guillard brings incredible athleticism and power in his hands, while Cerrone features a kickboxing-centric style with a dangerous submission game to boot. This fight should be an easy candidate for “Fight of the Night” honors.

UFC 150 will also feature a pair of former title contenders looking to climb back up the ranks.

Jake Shields will be making his return to the middleweight division and will face Ed Herman. Both guys are talented grapplers and we could witness a great chess match on the ground. Everyone prepare for Joe Rogan to go wild watching these guy attempt to outwit one another on the mat.

Another former title contender, Yushin Okami, will look to avoid losing three in a row and possibly find himself on the UFC chopping block. Okami was minutes away from a dominant victory over Tim Boetsch at UFC 144, only to see Boetsch complete a miraculous comeback. The Japanese star will face Buddy Roberts in a middleweight clash.

The main card will be kicked off by a featherweight contest between Justin Lawrence and Max Holloway. Holloway bounced back from a loss in his last fight by defeating Pat Schilling while Lawrence earned “Knockout of the Night” honors in his UFC debut with a late head kick knockout.

The night’s action kicks off with a single preliminary bout on Facebook at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the remainder of the prelim card on FX at 8 p.m. ET. Then, it’s off to pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET for the main card.

The MMA Corner round table panel of Gregory Chase, Sal DeRose and Kyle Symes takes an in-depth look at the main card and also provide their predictions for the preliminary card lineup.

FW: Justin Lawrence (4-0) vs. Max Holloway (5-1)

Chase: While both men do not have much record to speak of, both have made their way into the UFC and look to prove they belong at that level.

Lawrence (R) walks away in victory (Josh Hedges/Zuffa, LLC)

In this one, I have to go with Justin Lawrence. Not because he is undefeated, but because he shows a relentless side in his fights. He has finished his last two opponents decisively and momentum from that will carry into this one.

Max Holloway certainly has a punching chance, but I see Lawrence taking this one by submission or TKO sometime in the first round or early second.

DeRose: I wasn’t a huge fan of Lawrence on The Ultimate Fighter and I’m still not sold on him being the next big thing.

He gets a chance to prove me wrong with a tough fight against Holloway, who has a tremendous amount of potential and also carried “the next big thing” tag in his debut UFC fight against Dustin Poirier.

Holloway (Sherdog)

This will be an explosive fight with both fighters heart and determination mixed in with their striking skills. Overall, though, I think both fighters are equally well-rounded and the fight could really go either way on the ground or standing.

I think Holloway will take the fight by submission in the late second or early third round.

Symes: I’ve got to agree with Sal on this one and roll with Holloway for the victory. It should be a great way to start the card off, as the two men will likely be leaving it all in the Octagon to impress the UFC brass.

The main reason I’m picking Holloway is simply based on the fact that I believe he’s faced tougher competition thus far in his career. Even though Holloway didn’t defeat Poirier, fighting a tough guy like that has to give him some measure of confidence.

If Holloway can avoid getting caught, as John Cofer did, against Lawrence, I see him taking the fight via decision.

MW: Yushin Okami (26-7) vs. Buddy Roberts (12-2)

DeRose: This is a huge step down for Yushin Okami—no offense to Buddy Roberts.

Okami (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

It’s hard to believe that Okami was winning his last fight up until a flash and Hail Mary knockout ended his night in Japan, and just before that he was fighting Anderson Silva for the title.

Now, Okami gets to face the unranked Roberts in his return fight and what could possibly be his third straight loss in the UFC.

Okami has the striking and wrestling to put away Roberts in this fight, and I think anywhere this fight goes Okami has a distinct advantage.

I’m totally writing off Roberts in this fight, and I’m almost certain there is no way Okami loses. I’ll take Okami by second-round TKO.

Symes: It’s okay, Sal, everyone outside of Roberts and his camp are going to write him off in this fight. I would write him off as well, but I’ve never really been sold on Okami as a true middleweight title challenger. Yes, he’s a big and strong middleweight, but he just doesn’t seem to have the killer instinct to put away his opponents.

I do believe he will win the fight because he’s the better fighter, but I don’t expect this to be a great fight to watch. I expect to see Okami use his strength and wrestling ability to take Roberts down at will.

Roberts (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Although Okami should be able to put away a guy like Roberts, I think he’ll play it safe to avoid losing his third fight in a row and ride out a decision victory.

Chase: The lack of killer instinct might be a factor, but his wrestling, strength and size are all factors working for him. As far as experience goes, Okami has been in bigger and better fights, and has shown that he can finish guys with his hands.

Sal’s confidence is what I would like to feel about this fight, and the TKO is certainly possible, but a decision win is what might end up happening.

I think, as Kyle said, that Okami will win because he is the better fighter all around. Roberts has had some nice submissions, but the strength of Okami will help him control the fight. Okami will probably look to keep it standing and use his power there. I expect a good fight, but one that could definitely go to a decision, with Okami the clear victor.

MW: Jake Shields (27-6-1) vs. Ed Herman (20-8)

Symes: Ed Herman was a guy I really didn’t care for while he was on The Ultimate Fighter. His personality just kind of rubbed me the wrong way, but his fighting spirit and ability has won me over after the show. He’s a talented ground fighter who doesn’t shy away from a fight.

Herman (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

It’s a good quality to have because he will have a tough fight on his hands against Jake Shields. I really believe we will see Shields fight to his full potential in this fight, as I believe the cut to 170 pounds was too much for him. He wanted to join the UFC’s ranks at middleweight, but UFC President Dana White wanted him to be the new face to challenge Georges St-Pierre instead.

Finally fighting at a weight he is comfortable at will no doubt increase Shields’ grappling ability. I see Herman threatening with submissions, but Shields has the top control to get a late stoppage or a decision victory.

Chase: I’m very excited to see this fight, due to the fact that I think middleweight is where Shields belongs. I always hope to see improved striking from him, which has happened little by little. Stylistically, this is a great fight. Herman has had some submission wins, but I don’t see Shields’ abilities on the ground getting countered or matched by Herman.

Depending on what Herman decides to do in respect of where he wants to fight could ultimately decide his fate. If he wants to stay standing, he may get the better of the striking exchanges. Or he may want to go to the ground and test his skills or try to prove his ground game is better.

I think this fight will end up on the ground at some point, and that is when you will see these guys start to really shine.

Shields (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

I predict that Shields wins this by his trade—submission.

DeRose: Yeah, I can’t disagree with everybody else here as I also think this is Shields’ perfect weight class.

Herman might be able to pull off the submission, but I think Shields has really good jiu-jitsu to avoid any sort of submission attempt. Plus, Shields has really good top control and knows how to stay out of those tricky situations.

I can’t see Shields winning this fight if it does stay standing since I think he has pillows for fists, but it won’t stay standing for more than three minutes the entire fight.

I don’t see a finish in this one, but I do see a victory for Shields where he grinds it out, looks for submissions and tries to finish off Herman with ground-and-pound to no avail.

LW: Melvin Guillard (30-10-2) vs. Donald Cerrone (18-4)

DeRose: This fight will redefine what we think of when we think of fireworks. It will be absolute chaos.

Cerrone (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Both Melvin Guillard and Donald Cerrone have proven time and time again that they have excellent striking skills and will be more than willing to duke it out.

Here though, I think Cerrone has the advantage when it comes to the ground, and I would even give him the edge in striking. Guillard does have some major knockout power in his hands that he can detonate at any time, but I think Cerrone’s mixture of knees, kicks and punches, plus his clinch work, give him the edge standing.

This is a really tough fight that I think both guys can end early and with a finish, but I’ll take Cerrone to win this fight by submission in the early second round. This is also my pick for “Fight of the Night.”

Chase: As Sal put it, this should be a great fight to watch. Both guys are explosive and relentless, and have excellent striking. Anytime either of these guys fight, I am anxious to see what happens.

Guillard has caught a tough break with some recent submission losses, and hopefully he has learned something and improved, because Cerrone poses a similar threat. While Cerrone’s leg kicks are lethal, I think Cerrone will want to exploit the weakness on the ground that Guillard has shown through his career.

This isn’t to say Guillard will certainly lose, because I think his power and hands could help him take this fight. The good thing about Cerrone for Guillard is that he isn’t afraid to attack, which lets Guillard counter. As long as Guillard can keep it standing and avoid the kicks, he could very well get a TKO.

Guillard (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

As my prediction though, I will say Cerrone wins by submission.

Symes: When this fight was put together, the first thought every MMA fan had was no doubt, “Fight of the Night.” Just as Sal and Gregory both explained, this should be an explosive fight that will leave fans on the edge of their seats. However, I do get nervous about fights like these—the “guaranteed fireworks” type of bouts—as they often disappoint rather than live up to the hype.

This fight comes down to what Cerrone wants to do. He has a more diverse striking arsenal and is the more technical fighter on the feet, but you can’t count out the explosive knockout power possessed by Guillard.

As much as fans—and probably Cerrone himself—would like this fight to stay on the feet, I see this contest being decided on the ground. He has a definite advantage as far as grappling goes, and I believe that will be the deciding factor in this fight. Cerrone has an excellent submission game while Guillard’s has been suspect at best.

Both guys are offense-first types of fighters, but Cerrone is the more talented fighter, so I don’t see Guillard taking this one with anything other than a flash KO. Let’s make it a clean sweep with Cerrone via submission.

LW Championship: Benson Henderson (16-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1)

Chase: I’m extremely excited for this rematch. It feels a little stale, watching Frankie Edgar continue to fight in these championship fights, but I have always been a fan of both his and Benson Henderson’s abilities. This fight, as with any rematch that happens immediately following a first encounter, will be a matter of who has learned the most from the last meeting. First, does Edgar have what it takes to decisively win over Henderson, or even finish him? And second, does Henderson now see what he has to do to finish the fight early?

Henderson (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Both men are in an exciting division, and both have put on exciting fights. Edgar has shown the heart of a champion, but the striking and ferocity of Henderson got the better of him. I think Henderson is one of the toughest fighters to put away, and I don’t see Edgar having the necessary skills to finish him. I predict that the fight will go the same as the first meeting, but with Henderson looking even better than before. The nerves are more settled and he knows he can hurt Edgar.

Henderson takes this one within three rounds.

Symes: Don’t count me as one of the people excited for this rematch. Yes, the first fight was exciting, but I’ve moved on from seeing Edgar in lightweight championship fights. I’m not denying the guy’s talents, there’s no doubt he’s a top-five guy, but his talents don’t really “do it” for me.

I expect to see this fight turn out much the way the first encounter between Edgar and Henderson went. Edgar will attempt to out-point Henderson, but the champion will land the heavier shots. Chasing Edgar around isn’t a fun thing to do—just ask Gray Maynard and B.J. Penn—so I expect to see Henderson display a little more patience in his attack in order to get Edgar to move first.

I’m not buying the idea that Edgar was on his way to winning until that up kick from Henderson, no matter how much Edgar’s camp tries to convince me. If Edgar could survive those vicious beatings from Maynard, I fail to see how that one power strike ruined Edgar’s entire evening.

One of the major factors in this fight is the new judging criteria that is in the process of being implemented now. The new rules might affect the outcome of this fight as significant strikes is considered over punch volume.

Edgar (James Law/Heavy MMA)

I think Edgar has enough heart to make it to the judges’ scorecards, but I see Henderson controlling the action and walking away with the belt.

DeRose: Edgar gets another chance here to get the belt, and the last time I thought it was a pretty dominant victory in favor of Henderson.

I have to agree with Kyle here and say that this fight will be a repeat of the first fight with maybe a few mistakes fixed on Edgar’s part this time around.

I do think Edgar deserved the rematch, but I think this clogged up the division and won’t be much different with Henderson using his powerful wrestling and striking to outgun Edgar.

It pains me to say this, being from Edgar’s area and hoping he brings the belt back home, but I think Henderson outsizes Edgar, strong-arms him and outstrikes him on the way to a unanimous decision victory. If there is anybody in the entirety of MMA you can’t count out though, it is Edgar. The man just oozes heart and determination and just seems to find a way the second time around.

Prelim Quick Picks
BW: Chico Camus (11-3) vs. Dustin Pague (11-6)

Symes: I was a fan of Dustin Pague during his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, and I believe he will take this fight. I see Pague winning by second-round submission.

DeRose: Same as Kyle, I’m a fan of Pague, and I think he has talent. It also helps that Chico Camus is making his UFC debut. Pague with the submission in the third.

Chase: Have to agree with Kyle. Pague winning by submission sometime early in the fight.

FW: Nik Lentz (21-5-2) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2)

Chase: Have to go with Nik Lentz in this one. Eiji Mitsuoka is inexperienced in the cage, and Lentz has fought the better caliber of opponents and will win this one, despite being on a two-fight losing streak.

DeRose: This is a tough one for me, as I do like both fighters equally in this one. I always seem to pick against fighters who made their bones in Japan, and here I think it will play a factor in Mitsuoka’s second UFC fight. So with that stated, I’ll take Lentz to pull out the decision win.

Symes: I think Mitsuoka will attempt to make this into an entertaining fight, but I believe Lentz will win in his usual entertaining fashion. Mitsuoka holds a victory over Gleison Tibau and certainly has a puncher’s chance, but it’s a whole other world in America. Lentz’s wrestling should be enough to take the decision.

BW: Ken Stone (11-3) vs. Erik Perez (11-4)

DeRose: Erik Perez is on a six-fight winning streak with his last two coming against John Albert and Paul McVeigh, which are two pretty good wins. Perez beat Albert by a controversial armbar, but hey, a win is a win. Ken Stone is a pretty good fighter, but I think Perez takes this fight by decision.

Symes: Stone has faced off against some of the best bantamweight fighters in the world, but unfortunately has also lost against them. It’s hard not pick the guy with momentum on his side—in this case, the streaking Perez. So, I’ll pick Perez to continue his winning ways, but I can see Stone making this into a close fight.

Chase: Have to disagree with my fellow writers and go with Stone in this one. I don’t think Perez has fought the caliber of opponents that Stone has, and even though Perez is on a good streak, I don’t think his momentum will be much different than Stone’s.

MW: Jared Hamman (13-4) vs. Michael Kuiper (11-1)

Symes: Both Jared Hamman and Michael Kuiper are coming off losses and will no doubt look to avoid finding themselves in a losing streak. It’s really a toss up between who to pick in this one, but I’ll go with Kuiper based on the idea that I love seeing some judo throws. Kuiper via TKO.

Chase: Have to go with Hamman in this one. I think his hands will be the deciding factor, and every fight starts standing. Hamman by TKO in the first or second.

DeRose: Cool, I get to be the deciding factor here! I think both of my colleagues have excellent points, and I, too, love the judo throws. I want to pick Hamman and I think he does have the chance to end this standing, but Kuiper gets in some judo throws and wins by TKO in the second.

FW: Dennis Bermudez (8-3) vs. Tom Hayden (8-1)

DeRose: Dennis Bermudez has got some great wrestling and ground-and-pound. Tom Hayden does seem proficient enough, though, off his back to pull out the submission victory. I don’t think it will happen though, so Bermudez by decision.

Chase: I think Bermudez is the better fighter and will take this one. As Sal said, his wrestling and ground skills will dictate this fight. Bermudez by decision for me, as well.

Symes: Like both Sal and Greg, I believe Bermudez is the better fighter. He was a crazy submission reversal away from winning The Ultimate Fighter and has some heavy hands. It will also be interesting to see how Hayden responds after suffering the first loss of his career in his UFC debut.

Top Photo: UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (James Law/Heavy MMA)

About The Author

Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.