As MMA fans we all have certain fighters that we live and die with. We may root for lots of guys, but there are only a handful of fighters that if that guy wins you're happy for a couple of days and if he loses then the rest of the night the card is being watched with your arms crossed and pouting. For me Ben Henderson is one of those fighters. However there was something felt wrong going into UFC 150.
I wasn't anxious at all for that fight and there was no real anticipation for me. I am the type of guy that gets anxious every time I see the UFC 151 trailer because of Jon Jones. Hell, I'm already anxious for the Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz fight, but there was no emotion for me for his second fight with Frankie Edgar. I thought it was because the marketing may not be getting through to me, but I realized what the problem was...
A fight is supposed to have a resolution. This undeserved "instant rematch" ruined that since there was no way it could have ended well. If Ben would have won clearly(or even finished Frankie) then the rematch would have been a waste of everyone's time and if Frankie would have won then Ben would have deserved a rematch. So there was going to be no result that would have made me think, "Good thing they put that fight together." What ended up happening was a fight that was worthy of an instant rematch, but Frankie already blew that based on him forcing one that he didn't deserve. So now we're stuck complaining about judges, Edgar being robbed, Bendo being a paper champ, and other nonsense.
The lack of resolution is partially why people are lashing out at the result of this fight. They did Frankie a favor, but his favor came at the expense of the sport. As a result of that it blew up in everyone's face and no one came out looking clean. The PPV buys for this card will be terrible, of course, and even worse is the fight could have ruined Ben's credibility of a champion. I hope in future circumstances the UFC learns from their error and don't let this precedence cloud their judgement. An instant rematch is something that should be used in select circumstances. If it is used incorrectly then we end up with a lose-lose situation where no one is happy going in or coming out.