UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II

Frankie Edgar from New Jersey, right reacts to losing the title bout against Benson Henderson from Arizona in their middleweight title bout during UFC 150 in Denver, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Frankie Edgar from New Jersey, right reacts to losing the title bout against Benson Henderson from Arizona in their middleweight title bout during UFC 150 in Denver, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Frankie Edgar finally gets his shot at redemption at UFC 150 on Saturday, Aug. 11. Edgar seems to be the rematch king as he will face only his third opponent in six fights.

This will be a pay-per-view event, however, the undercard will shown for free on FX and facebook.com/ufc.

Benson “Smooth” Henderson vs. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar

Benson Henderson – Colorado Springs, Colo., 5-9, 155 pounds, 15-2-0
Frankie Edgar – 5-6, Summit, N.J. 155 pounds, 14-2-1

Benson Henderson looks to defend his title in what has become very popular lately in main events, a rematch with Frankie Edgar. Edgar has been in some battles recently. He has fought 24 brutal rounds in his past five fights and has won Fight of the Night honors in three of those fights. This is obviously terrific for the fans, but that much punishment to one fighter has to take its toll. Edgar has always had great conditioning, but if Henderson takes him into “deep water,” he could come away with a knockout victory.

Edgar has pushed the limits too many times with decisions, so he really needs a knockout or a submission victory Saturday night. With that said, Edgar has knocked-out one person in the past five years and Henderson has never been knocked-out and only submitted once.

Henderson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard

Donald Cerrone – Denver, Colo., 6-0, 155 pounds, 18-4-0
Melvin Guillard – New Orleans, La., 5-9, 155 pounds, 47-11-3

Reading message board chatter, the common theme of this fight was “fireworks.” With these two bringing in a resume full of post fight awards including seven Fight of the Nights for Cerrone alone, I would have to agree. This fight will be, at the very least, worth the pay-per-view money.

Melvin Guillard, with 19 total knockouts in his career, could be a nightmare match-up for Cerrone. Cerrone is great on his feet, but as we saw with Nate Diaz, he is capable of getting manhandled in his stand-up. If this one goes to a decision, the real winner will be the fans.

Guillard by TKO (Strikes)

Jake Shields vs. Ed “Short Fuse” Herman

Jake Shields – Mountain Ranch, Cali., 6-0, 185 pounds, 27-6-1
Ed Herman – Vancouver, Wash., 6-2, 185 pounds, 20-7-0

This bout will feature two journeymen searching for a win and possibly a conversation of a title shot. With a convincing win Ed Herman could very well do just that. He has been on a roll lately and what he needs is a dominate win over a legitimate Top 10 opponent like Jake Shields. Careful what you wish for though. Shields is a beast and made current light heavyweight No. 1 contender, Dan Henderson, look like an amateur. This could be the most underrated fight on the card.

Shields by Unanimous Decision

Yushin “Thunder” Okami vs. Buddy Roberts

Yushin Okami – Kanagawa, Japan, 6-2, 185 pounds, 27-7-0
Buddy Roberts – Fort Worth, Texas, 6-2, 185 pounds, 12-2-0

Losing his past two fights, it’s make-or-break time for the Asian Sensation Yushin Okami. Coming in on a losing streak combined with a rash of boring decisions is not a great bargaining tool to keep his your job in the UFC. He needs a win, and it will help matters greatly if he ends the fight early. Unfortunately, he will probably hold fans hostage for three rounds while he grinds out a lackluster decision.

Okami by Unanimous Decision

Justin “The American Kidd” Lawrence vs. Max “Blessed” Holloway

Justin Lawrence – Corona, Cali., 5-8, 145 pounds, 4-0-0
Max Holloway – Oahu, Hawaii, 5-11, 145 pounds, 5-1-0

To start off the night, this bout will feature the youngest fighter that is on the UFC roster, Max Holloway. Holloway was barely 20 years old when he made his UFC debut and lost to Louisiana-native Dustin Poirier. He looks to redeem himself against Justin Lawrence in an action-packed featherweight showdown. Expect this one to go all three rounds as these smaller weight classes are always exciting, but have very few knockouts.

Holloway by Split Decision

Undercard: Live and free on FX

Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs. Tommy “Wild Card” Hayden

Jared “The Messenger” Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper

Ken Stone vs. Erik Perez

Dustin Pague vs. Chico Camus

Live on facebook.com/ufc

Nik “The Carny” Lentz vs. Euji Mitsuoka