Frankie Edgar speaks about the "controversy" surrounding his first fight against Ben Henderson -- Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images
Frankie Edgar will take on Ben Henderson on UFC 150 in a rematch of their UFC 144 title bout last February. Edgar lost his title after a decision, but the New Jersey native still thinks he should've had his hand raised on that fight. The former UFC champion spoke about the "controversy" on this pre-fight interview:
"Ben Henderson will not defend the belt. I will take it home."
"I did think I won the fight. I think I landed good punches. I felt I got good takedowns. I kinda fought how I usually fight. It was close. It was controversial."
More quotes from the clip after the jump.
Was it really controversial? The judges scored it 49-46 twice, and 48-47, all for Benson Henderson. Edgar had four more takedowns, but according to the official FightMetric stats, he never landed more significant and total strikes than Henderson for any of the 5 rounds.
I personally felt it was the correct decision was handed out, but regardless of what you think about the outcome, we will still be getting a second fight between the two. Why? Well aside from the fact that it's guaranteed to be an exciting bout, most pundits think that this booking is a favor to Edgar for giving several immediate rematches of his own during his reign. The former champ isn't oblivious about it too:
"I gave two immediate rematches and I guess it's my turn to get one."
"I'm undefeated in rematches, which means I adjust pretty well in between the first fight and the second fight. I make adjustments. He makes adjustments. Then we all just think, 'what adjustments are he going to make?', 'what adjustments am I going to make?'. It's definitely like a chess match. "
"I am going to beat Ben Henderson, and my hand will be raised on August 11. The belt belongs to me, Frankie Edgar"