For the third consecutive time the UFC lightweight title was be defended in a rematch featuring feisty Frankie Edgar. However, this time around Edgar was be out to procure gold rather than put it on the line with Benson Henderson playing the role of champion after outpointing “The Answer” in February.
In the title-fight the two talented 155ers turned in performances not unlike their original encounter at UFC 144 though this time around Edgar landed a staggering strike in the second stanza. Beyond that the bout also went five rounds with each man looking sharp. In the end, the Henderson did just enough to retain his title due to his precision, power, and pace.
Cerrone and Guillard turned in an exciting opening round featuring “Cowboy” getting clocked early only to answer with a high kick stumbling Guillard and opening the door for a first frame knockout. On the other end of the entertainment spectrum, Shields and Herman plodded their way through fifteen minutes featuring a good deal of grappling without any real aggression. In the end Shields earned the judges’ favor, picking up his first win as a UFC middleweight.
Read below for a breakdown of UFC 150 winners/losers:
Nik Lentz def. Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Chico Camus def. Dustin Pague via Unanimous Decision
Erik Perez def. Ken Stone via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Michael Kuiper def. Jared Hamman via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Dennis Bermudez def. Tommy Hayden via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Max Holloway def. Justin Lawrence via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Yushin Okami def. Buddy Roberts via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Jake Shields def. Ed Herman via Unanimous Decision
Donald Cerrone def. Melvin Guillard via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via Split Decision