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Benson Henderson defeats Frankie Edgar by Unanimous Decision. The score cards were 49-46, 48-47, 49-46.
Inside leg kick landed for Frankie to open the round. Ben Henderson threw his own leg kick and jumped up with a flying round house which missed. Edgar took Ben down momentarily but was unable to keep him on the mat. Henderson doubled up the kicks and Frankie hit another takedown. Ben threw a superman punch/low kick that landed low. Another Ben Henderson kick was caught and Frankie punished him with kicks to the thigh. Frankie timed Ben's kicks well, catching numerous shots to the body. Frankie completed a double and on the way up Ben attempted a standing kimura. Knee to the body from Ben. Frankie tossed Ben to the ground in the final seconds of the round.
Frankie Edgar caught another kick and punished Ben's thigh with kicks. Another kick caught and the two trade punches. Henderson punched on one leg. Knee from the clinch landed for Benson. Another knee from Benson landed which caused Frankie to take a deep breath. Frankie missed a spinning back fist. Edgar with another takedown and Henderson defended with a standing kimura. Leg kick by Frankie found its target. Both fighters traded in the pocket with a minute left and Frankie hit a takedown with thirty left. Edgar stayed active and was dropped by an upkick. Benson tried a guillotine to finish the fight but time ran out. Frankie was leaking blood walking back to his corner.
They traded in the pocket to start the third. Big right for Edgar landed as he moved in and out. Edgar with a four punch combination to the body and head. Benson defends two takedown attempts. Henderson countered Frankie's combination with a right hand. Frankie slipped and Henderson drove him down to keep the fight grounded. Frankie wall walked back to his feet and pushed off to escape. Edgar's eye almost swollen shut with a minute thirty left in the round. Edgar threw Benson but couldn't keep the fight on the ground. Frankie closed the round with a takedown.
Double jab and kick from Henderson at the start of the championship rounds. Jab from Henderson is countered with a kick to the leg. Three punch combination landed for Edgar. Henderson's kick to the body landed low directly on Frankie's cup. Henderson wiffed an uppercut and Frankie countered with a right hand. Frankie with a takedown and Henderson dropped for a guillotine. It was very tight but Edgar survived. Edgar attempted to take Ben's back but again gave up when Henderson grabbed for a kimura. Frankie had timed Henderson's leg kicks. Takedown attempt from Frankie is defended and Henderson threw a kick to the body on the break.
Benson was surprisingly fresh entering the final round. Edgar stepped in for a right hand and was countered with a straight left. Frankie failed on a takedown attempt but landed an uppercut on the break. A big left hand landed for Edgar. Frankie tripped Benson to the ground and attempted to take his back but again gave up when Henderson grabbed the kimura. Edgar landed a combination and Henderson countered with a right hand. Frankie dropped Ben with right hook but Henderson didn't look stunned. Head kick from Benson was partially blocked. The fight ended with Henderson landing a jumping knee and dragging Edgar down with a guillotine.
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