Aug 13, 2012 - UFC 150 is now in the books. By many accounts, Frankie Edgar was robbed (or at least tied Ben Henderson). But if you fall short twice, there's really
not much to say. The worst part about it all is the first fight between the two
wasn't as close as the rematch, prompting some to wonder why there was a rematch
The rest of the card was serviceable and in some places fun. Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard put on quite the show, but Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman didn't tell us or show us much.
Ditto for Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper despite 'fans' of MMA
suggesting that was a good fight.
All in all, though, it was the fourth UFC pay-per-view event in seven weeks.
There's just too much to really get worked up over one way or the other. And the
good (or not so good, depending on your perspective) news is there's more MMA
this weekend. Strikeforce
bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returns to defend her title against Sarah Kaufman. So, dive on in to today's Morning Report.
We've got all the news and video from the weekend plus Rousey getting her troll
Want some highlights of Cerrone vs. Guillard? Of course you do:
Did you miss any of Ariel Helwani's post-fight videos from UFC 150? Catch up
on anything you missed:
Would Alistair Overeem fight Jon
Jones? Hear his answer here:
Josh Koscheck continues to take shots at AKA's Javier
Mendez. Here's the latest:
Sarah Kaufman is doing a contest with her fans to get the best Ronda Rousey
impression. Rousey decided to enter herself:
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's FanPost of the Day is brought to you by Josh Hall who makes the case
that Frankie Edgar is the greatest lightweight in MMA history. Here's part of his case:
The title would remain vacant until 2006, when Shawn Sherk defeated Kenny Florian via unanimous decision on October 14 at UFC
64. Sherk would have one successful defense, defeating Hermes Franca via unanimous decision at UFC 73 on 7/7/07.
His reign would end without a defeat, however, as Sherk was stripped of the
title on December 8, 2007 for failing a post fight drug test from his fight with
Franca (Hermes tested positive for a banned substance post fight as well, also
garnering a suspension).
On January 19, 2008 the UFC LW title gained its first champion to finish a
title fight, and the first to eventually lose the belt in a fight, rather than
getting stripped of it. BJ Penn defeated Joe "Daddy" Stevenson in a bloodbath,
eventually winning the bout via rear naked choke, and licking Stevenson's blood
from his gloves. A new era of dominance had descended upon the division, with
Penn defending the title successfully 3 times, against Shawn Sherk, Kenny
Florian, and Diego Sanchez, all by extremely impressive stoppage.
When Penn was booked against Frankie "The Answer" Edgar, fans (including
myself) scoffed at the idea of the fight even being booked. Despite Edgar coming
off wins over Franca, Sherk, and Matt Veach, he was deemed unworthy as a title challenger,
with many people campaigning for Gray Maynard to get the shot instead. Edgar went on to
prove the doubters wrong, defeating Penn via unanimous decision at UFC 112. This
fight was not without its controversy, as many felt that Penn should have won
An immediate rematch was booked, and at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010,
Penn/Edgar II took place, and there was no dispute about the winner this time.
Edgar was able to use superior footwork and boxing to clearly outpoint the
former champion (even taking Penn down, which had never been done at LW),
retaining the title with a unanimous decision once again.
At UFC 125 on New Year's Day 2011, Edgar met the only person in MMA he had
lost to, "The Bully" Gray Maynard. Maynard has outwrestled his way to a decision
over Edgar in 2008, and the same was to be expected here. Instead, fans were
treated to one of the greatest displays of heart in the Octagon. Maynard dropped
Edgar on more than one occasion in the first round, breaking the champion's nose
and leaving him a bloody mess. Edgar found his composure in between rounds, and
recovered to fight back to a highly contested draw. With nothing settled and Anthony Pettis waiting for the winner (as the final WEC LW
champion), another immediate rematch was declared.
In the rematch, Maynard started the fight the same way, destroying Edgar in
the first round, but never quite able to put him away. Once again, the smaller
champion hung around in the fight until he could regain his senses, but he did
not allow the judges to render a decision this time. In the fourth round, Edgar
rocked Maynard badly, and followed with a series of concussive right hands,
leaving Maynard crumpled in an unconscious heap at the base of the cage. This
was the first, and thus far only finish in a LW title fight by anyone other than
BJ Penn in UFC history (whom Edgar beat twice).