Coming up this Saturday night, The Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to Denver, Colorado as UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II comes to you live from inside the Pepsi Center. As has become the norm lately, a few fights have had to be shuffled around due to injuries. With the Pre-Fight Press Conference complete and the weigh-ins coming up today, let’s take a look at the Main Card fights and see how they break down.
The second bout* on the UFC 150 main card takes place in the Middleweight Division, Yushin “Thunder” Okami (36-7) will take on injury replacement Buddy Roberts (12-2). Originally, Okami was set to face Luiz Cane, but was replaced by Rousimar Palhares after suffering an injury. Unfortunately for Palhares, he also got injured and Roberts filled in after his opponent, Chris Camozzi was forced off the card due to an injury. After being victorious in two Title Contender fights and finally earning his shot at the Middleweight Championship, Okami was made short work of by Anderson Silva and lost to Tim Boetsch after dominating the first two rounds of their fight. Now, in this must-win situation, Okami is being handed a fight that he should, in theory, win easily. Roberts, on the other hand, is being set up with a tough competitor that will definitely boost his stock in the division should he win.
The next bout features former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields (27-6-1) as he returns to the Middleweight Division to face off against Ed “Short Fuse” Herman (20-7). Herman is riding a nice three-fight win streak and is taking a big step up in competition at UFC 150. Since crossing over from Strikeforce, Shields has posted a very lackluster 2-2 record and will need a victory here if he ever hopes to get back in any title discussions. With the current Middleweight title picture quite cloudy right now, an impressive performance could boost either man right into the mix.
The UFC 150 Co-Main Event of the evening is a Lightweight bout between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (18-4(1)) and “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard (30-10-2, 1nc). When you put two men in the cage who come to fight every time, you’re almost always guaranteed to get a great show. With both men looking to build a win streak and put themselves in the title picture, you can expect fireworks from these two. Cerrone has shown his ability to not only dish out punishment, but also be able to take it and find a way to win. Also what makes this fight interesting is their fighting styles; Cerrone has the majority of his wins by way of submission and Guillard has the majority of his by way of KO/TKO. In what could very well be the UFC 150 Fight of the Night, Cowboy and Guillard are sure to put on a show for their fans that you’re not gonna want to miss.
The Main Event of the evening features “Smooth” Benson Henderson (16-2) as he defends his Lightweight Championship against Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (14-2-1) in a rematch from UFC 144. Strangely enough, this fight will be Edgar’s sixth straight Championship bout and third rematch after winning/losing a close decision in the first fight. In their first meeting, Bendo was given the nod by all three judges, but a battered Edgar protested the decision, along with many fans, and was granted a rematch. Not everybody agreed with this decision, however, and it was met with dismay by many fans, fighters and media members alike. Unfortunately for those people, the fight will go down as scheduled and, hopefully, a winner will be decisively crowned so that both men can move onto the next chapters of their careers. If Edgar wins by a close decision, there will probably be immediate talks of another rematch, along with a collective groan from fans around the globe.
Will Frankie “The Rematch” Edgar gain his title back at UFC 150 or will the Smooth One close the door on the trilogy and move onto to his next challenge?
* The opening bout of the UFC 150 main card will be Justin Lawrence vs Max Hollaway in the featherweight division