My UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II M.V.P.
UFC 150 is in the books and while the main event wasn’t as exciting as many thought it would be the card was still pretty solid overall. The preliminary card seems to have outshined the main card once again, but that isn’t a knock the five pay-per-view bouts as much as it is a testament to how exciting the one Facebook and four fights on FX were.
Nik Lentz led off the night in spectacular fashion with a first round TKO over Eiji Mitsuoka. All told there were three finishes out of the four fights on the FX portion of UFC 150. Erik Perez made history by scoring the fastest bantamweight knockout ever in the UFC & WEC with his 17 second destruction of Ken Stone. Michael Kuiper evened his UFC record at 1-1 with a second round TKO over a very game Jared Hamman. Ultimate Fighter season 14 finalist Dennis Bermudez won his second fight in a row with a beautiful standing guillotine submission on Tommy Hayden.
Max Holloway defeated Justin Lawrence with a second round TKO; Yushin Okami snapped a two fight losing streak by defeating Buddy Roberts in a somewhat boring bout. Jake Shields used his superior grappling to take Ed Herman down in all three rounds and win by unanimous decision. It wasn’t the most exciting contest of the night, but considering it was his first fight at 185lbs. in the UFC and he had to battle the thin Colorado air, Shields will gladly take the win.
The co-main event and the main event had everyone buzzing with anticipation. Although the Donald Cerrone-Melvin Guillard bout only lasted 76 seconds it was exciting enough to win the Fight of the Night bonus. The main event was a rematch for the UFC Lightweight Championship as Benson Henderson narrowly defended his title over Frankie Edgar via split decision. The judges’ decision was booed by the fans and criticized all over the internet, but that’s a different story altogether. It had its moments, but paled in comparison to their UFC 144 bout in February.
I narrowed my MVP choices down to Bermudez and Cerrone as both men were rocked in their respective bouts before coming back and finishing their opponents in dramatic fashion. Bermudez took home $60k for winning the Submission of the Night bonus while Cerrone pulled in a total of $120k in bonus money for winning the Knockout of the Night on top of the Fight of the Night bonus he won with Guillard.
Due to the fact that Cerrone faced a tougher opponent and he won the two awards I have to go with “Cowboy” as my UFC 150 M.V.P. His bout was also in a spot with more pressure and a convincing win could eventually line him up with Anthony Pettis to determine who faces the winner of the Benson Henderson-Nate Diaz match-up scheduled for later this year. After getting hurt by the hard hitting Guillard almost immediately, Cerrone rebounded nicely with a shin to the head followed by a running right hand that put Guillard to sleep.
The KO was just the second of his career and showed just how tough Cerrone is to put away. Many of the sports top lightweights would have been finished off by Guillard, but Cerrone persevered and that is why he is my UFC 150 M.V.P.