I say no. I have watched this fight over and over and I can honestly only give the first round to Edgar. I think Henderson won the second round even without the up-kick at the end and went on to win rounds 3, 4 and 5. A lot of people, including UFC President Dana White have claimed they think Edgar won the fight. Put the fact that Edgar looked like he was in a car accident after the fight out of your head and really watch the fight. Edgar caught some of Henderson’s kicks but pretty much all those kicks did damage and landed. Henderson kept the pressure coming and coming at Edgar. Edgar got 5 out of 12 take-downs and was never able to really keep the fight on the ground. Henderson won the fight in my opinion in what I considered a war. Henderson is one of my hometown boys and I’m not playing favorites cause he isn’t even one of my favorite fighters, but I think he owned rounds 2 through 5 and owes Edgar nothing.
Everyone thinks Edgar should get an immediate rematch cause that’s what he had to do. That’s crap! Just because one guy had to do it doesn’t mean that the other guy should. Edgar had to give an immediate rematch to Bj because everyone, even Dana White thought that Bj won, plus it was Bj Penn. Edgar did a lot of dancing in that fight. In the rematch he whooped a legend and earned his title. He lost the first fight with Maynard in my opinion, the judges screwed Maynard. So of course when there is a draw there should be a rematch and there obviously was. Edgar went into that fight and got pummeled again and was able to show the world that even “bullies” get knocked out and earned his title again. Ben Henderson left it in the judges hands and it’s not like the scores were close. He took the fight with two 49-46′s, doesn’t look that close to me. There is no reason that Edgar should get an immediate rematch for the title in my opinion.
I do think that if Edgar was smart that he would just drop down to 145 and he will get an immediate title shot at Jose Aldo’s featherweight title. The Edgar camp already claimed that, that won’t happen. They are making their case for an immediate rematch with Henderson. Now I know Dana said at the post fight conference on Fuel TV that Pettis will be next for the title, but now that Dana has said he thinks Edgar won. Look for an immediate Ben Henderson/Frankie “The Cry Baby” Edgar rematch. Sorry to all the Edgar fans out there but I think he is a cry baby and whines too much.
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