Tune in at 10:00 PM ET for UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2. David Esposto will be liveblogging the main card for your enjoyment.
Good evening fight fans! I'm David Esposto and welcome to theScore Live Blog's presentation of UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar 2 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Headlining UFC 150 this evening from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado is a rematch between Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title.
In their previous battle, Henderson edged Edgar via unanimous decision at UFC 144. The fight between the two even garnered Fight of the Night honors, as both fighters matched one another’s intensity in this five-round war. The second installment should be a great rematch, as Edgar wants his belt back and Henderson wants to prove that the first victory was no fluke, even if it did go the way of the judges.
In other action, the co-main event features Melvin Guillard taking on Colorado Springs native Donald Cerrone in a lightweight bout. With both fighters bringing their strong stand-up skills, this could very well be a Fight of the Night candidate. The shifty and speedy Guillard is always looking to finish fights quickly, while Cerrone has a very dangerous ground game. Both fighters won’t hesitate to stand and bang, so look for some fireworks early and often in this fight.
In one of two middleweight bouts on the card, former Strikeforce middleweight champion takes on a very dangerous Ed Herman, who currently has a three-fight win streak heading into tonight’s fight. Shields, who has moved back up to middleweight, following a stint in the UFC’s welterweight, will look to use his ground game to overcome the man known as short fuse. But don’t count Herman out just yet. They don’t call him short fuse for a reason, and his ground game is very underrated, so keep your eyes locked on this one.
In the second middleweight bout on the card, MMA veteran Yushin Okami takes on Buddy Roberts. The Japanese fighter, whose coming off two straight losses at the hands of Anderson Silva and Tim Boetsch will be looking to make amends at the expense of Buddy Roberts. The experience factor bodes well in favour of Okami, but he needs to dominate.
UFC 150 opens with a featherweight bout between Justin Lawrence and Max Holloway. Agile and quick, both fighters will be looking to make an impression. Both young, Lawrence being 22 and Holloway being the UFC’s youngest fighter at 20, look for this fight to be an all out war. Both men are coming off victories in their last fight, so its safe to say that the winner will be considered a contender for the UFC’s featherweight belt.
So will Frankie Edgar get his belt back? Or will Benson Henderson prove that his title-winning victory was no fluke and successfully defend his title?
Tune into The Score Live Blog to find out!
Any predictions/thoughts for tonight's main card?
@Jr Bold prediction. I personally think Edgar will come out with more of an edge just because he wants that belt back. Henderson is no pushover though, so it will be interesting to see if their second fight will be anything like the first.
Guillard saying that his fight with Cerrone has Fight of the Night written all over it. Cerrone saying he's trained with Guillard and he made him quit every time he sparred with him. Edgar saying he's going to come out the winner, and will be sure to leave no doubt in the minds of anyone.
Interesting comments made by both the co-main event and the main event fighters.
Opening fight of UFC 150 coming up. Justin Lawrence vs Max Holloway. An intriguing featherweight battle, as both youngsters will look to continue their winning streak, as each fighter comes into tonight's fight with victories. Lawrence puts his undefeated 4-0 record on the line against Holloway, whose entering his third fight in the octagon.
Holloway making his way to the octagon first. Some elaborate tattoos on the 20-year-old, with angel wings covering his entire back.
Lawrence now making his way to the octagon. This is Lawrence's first fight in the 145lb division. Tale of the Tape is virtually identical.
Bruce Buffer with the introductions, to a very raucous and excited Pepsi Center crowd. Max Holloway greets the fans first. Lawrence, second.
Josh Rosenthal, the referee.
UFC 150 is underway! Let's get it on!
Lawrence throws a back-leg sidekick. Very rare to see in the octagon. Lawrence pushing the action to start. Holloway respecting the striking skills of his opponent.
3:10 round one: Holloway throws a left kick, but its caught by Lawrence, who couldn't capitalize, as Holloway gets away.
Holloway throws a kick to the bottom that lands low. Rosenthal gets in their quick to give Lawrence some space, as the crowd ou's and aw's at the low-kick to the groin.
Fight resumes. Lawrence bleeding on the right side of the forehead, as we hit the midway point of round one.
2:00 round one: Lawrence takes Holloway down, but can't do anything with it, as Holloway gets back on his feet quickly.
1:10 round one: Holloway throwing some lefts and rights, but Lawrence lands an overhand right that connects and stuns Holloway. Holloway leading in the significant strikes department 17-13.
10 seconds left in the opening round. Holloway throws a head kick that's easily defended by Lawrence. Holloway then tries a flying knee, but as the left foot came up, it caught Lawrence in the groin, the second time that's happened in the fight.
Round one over.
@Johnny55 For the main event I'll go with Edgar. Co-main I see Guillard knocking out Cerrone. Herman over Shields.
Round two is underway between Max Holloway and Justin Lawrence
Both fighters fighting more in close now, as Holloway is using his reach to his advantage. Every inch matters, as Holloway catches Lawrence with a solid right hand, followed by a body kick by Lawrence. Still battling on their feet.
2:30 round two: Lawrence tries a takedown attempt, but its stuffed by Holloway.
Lawrence is now bleeding from the nose now, after being cut on the forehead earlier in the fight. Holloway doing well to control the octagon, as he's got Lawrence backed up against the fence. Holloway the more busy as well between the two fighters, as he just tagged Lawrence with a right hand.
FIGHT OVER! Max Holloway finishes Justin Lawrence with 13 seconds left in the second round, with what looked to be a left hook to the liver following a well placed flying knee to the same spot.
OFFICIAL DECISION: Max Holloway, winner by TKO at 4:49 of the second round.
@Johnny55 I just think it will make for a more entertaining fight card. Edgar is hungry to regain his place as UFC champion. Ed Herman is riding a solid three-fight win streak, and Guillard is just too explosive for Cerrone.
Also, lets not forget that Edgar defended his title three times before losing to Henderson.
Entertaining opening bout at UFC 150, as Max Holloway gets the TKO victory over Justin Lawrence. Coming up: Buddy Roberts vs Yushin Okami in a middleweight bout.
@Johnny55 No problem Johnny! Thank you for following along!
This is Roberts' second fight in the UFC, coming in as an injury replacement for Rousimar Palhares.
@Johnny55 Lot more experience than Roberts', but anything can happen in the octagon.
Buddy Roberts making his way to the octagon to Linkin Park's Bleed It Out. Roberts comes from the Jackson-Winklejohn camp.
Yushin Okami making his way to the octagon to a tune that I can't make out (sorry guys). Okami has years of experience over Roberts, and this fight is considered a 'must-win' for the Japanese fighter.
Bruce Buffer with the introductions for the second fight of the night at UFC 150.
Okami gets a nice pop from the crowd when introduced by Buffer. Herb Dean the referee. And here we go!
Roberts tries to dictate the pace early by pushing forward, 30 seconds into round one. Roberts tries to throw a left-right combo, but misses the mark.
Roberts clips Okami with a right hook, and the Japanese fighter is still a bit wobbly here, 3 minutes into round one. Okami now going for the takedown, but Roberts is doing well to keep Okami at bay.
2:30 round one: Okami finally gets the back of Roberts after taking him down. Roberts spins away and does well to get out of the vulnerable position. Roberts doing well to defend on the ground.
1:20 round one: Okami gets side control and gets a hold of the head and arm, experience showing here, as Okami mounts into a crucifix position. Roberts trying to roll over, but can't.
30 seconds, round one: Clock the enemy for Okami here, as he gets the back of Roberts and begins to rain down strikes on a defence-less and helpless Roberts, who was just saved by the bell.
End of Round One. Okami dominating.
Roberts again pushing the pace at the start of round two. Catches Okami a bit, but it doesn't phase the Japanese veteran. Okami now initiates the clinch and gets him down to the ground, as Roberts tries for a guillotine, but now both fighters are back to their feet, with Okami applying the underhooks.