Henderson, Edgar Meet Again At UFC 150
By: Matty Simo
Thursday, August 9, 2012
UFC 150 will take place this Saturday in Denver with the main event pitting lightweight champion Benson 'Smooth' Henderson against former title holder Frankie 'The Answer' Edgar in a rematch from UFC 144. Henderson took the belt away from Edgar with a unanimous decision victory back in February, and their championship bout highlights a five-fight main card that will be televised live on Pay-Per-View from the Pepsi Center starting at 10:00 p.m. (ET).
This will be Edgar’s third straight rematch for the title after winning the second of two bouts against both B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard previously. Edgar (14-2-1) upset Penn for the lightweight championship at UFC 112, earning a UD win and then beating him again in the rematch at UFC 119 four months later. The 30-year-old New Jersey native then put his belt on the line with two memorable fights against Gray Maynard, the first resulting in a draw and the second ending with a fourth-round knockout.
Henderson (16-2) has won his last four bouts and 14 of his past 15. His previous five fights have all gone to the judges, who have awarded him a UD victory four times during that stretch. The exception being a UD loss to Anthony Pettis at WEC 53 for the lightweight title that won Fight of the Night and Fight of the Year honors. Half of the 28-year-old’s wins have ended with him submitting his opponent.
He is as high as a -200 favorite against Edgar (+175) according to the Don Best odds screen.
One of Henderson’s eight submissions came against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at WEC 48 in 2010, the second of two wins against him with the previous one coming at WEC 43 via UD. Cerrone (18-4, 1 No-contest) will be featured in the co-main event against good friend and former training partner Melvin 'The Young Assassin' Guillard in another lightweight bout that could end up winning Fight of the Night.
Guillard (30-10-2, 1 NC) is coming off a UD win against Fabricio Camoes at UFC 148 on July 7, ending his losing skid at two. The 29-year-old had put together a five-fight winning streak before losing to Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 by rear-naked choke submission in the first round. He suffered a similar setback in his next bout against Jim Miller on January 20 before bouncing back with his latest win.
Guillard is a big +250 underdog against Cerrone (-300), who has won seven of his last eight, including a 5-1 mark in the UFC.