UFC 150 has the potential to be one of the best cards of the year on August 11 at "The Pepsi Center" in Denver, Colorado.
Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) gets his chance at redemption against the UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (16-2) in the main event.
Two of the most entertaining lightweights, Donald Cerrone (18-4) and Melvin Guillard (30-10-2), go toe-to-toe in the co-main event. The former training partners at Greg Jackson's camp promise to put on a show for the ages.
Jake Shields (27-6-1) makes his return to the middleweight division against Ed Herman (20-8).
Yushin Okami (26-7) takes on Buddy Roberts (12-2) and Justin Lawrence (4-0) will look to keep his record flawless against Max Holloway (5-1) to round up the main card.
Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar will meet for the second time this year. On Feb. 26, they locked horns in an epic five-round war that was one of the best fights of 2012. Dana White made the right move, and gave Frankie Edgar an immediate rematch after he lost a unanimous decision to Henderson.
Henderson is one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world. Since making his debut in the WEC on Jan. 25, 2009, he has gone 9-1. He is a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. He has beat some of the toughest guys in the lightweight division: Frankie Edgar, Clay Guida, Jim Miller, Mark Bocek, Donald Cerrone (twice), Jamie Varner, Shane Roller, and Anthony Njokuani.
Henderson is still in his prime at age 28 and has continued to improve in every fight. That is scary for the the rest of the division. He is one of the best submission artists in the lightweight division, he has reeled off eight career submission victories in his 16 wins. His wrestling is off the charts and his stand-up is very dynamic. When you look up the term well-rounded in the MMA dictionary this is what you will find: Benson Henderson.
Frankie Edgar is arguably the toughest fighter in the world. He is always the smallest guy when he enters the Octagon. What he lacks in size, he makes up in heart and determination. His endurance and his will to win, makes him one of the most exciting fighters in the world. You can never count this guy out, just ask Gray Maynard.
Edgar is 9-2-1 in his UFC career. He beat B.J. Penn on April 10, 2010, to win the lightweight belt. He defended his belt successfully two times after taking it from the best lightweight in UFC history. Edgar dominated Penn in an immediate rematch to prove he was the real deal, and knocked out Gray Maynard after their epic five-round war that resulted in a draw. Sean Sherk, Hermes Franca, Matt Veach, Spencer Fisher, Mark Bocek, Tyson Griffin, and Jim Miller are also big names that Edgar has defeated in his MMA career.
Edgar comes into this fight as the underdog, which is something that the former champ likes. Henderson will enter the Octagon as the much bigger man and will look to utilize his strength advantage. Edgar usually has an edge in speed, but this is not the case against Henderson. The current champ is one of the most athletic fighters in the world. Edgar needs to implement his boxing and stay out of range from Henderson's leg kicks. Edgar has shown to come back stronger in rematches and will hope that success continues. Ben Henderson is capable to make a long title run in the lightweight division, but he has to take care of business on Saturday night first.
Donald "The Cowboy" Cerrone and Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard only know how to do one thing: put on exciting fights. This one is tailor made to be one of the best fights of the year. Both of these guys love to come forward and bang. This is a huge fight in the lightweight division because the winner will be near a title shot and the loser will fall back to the end of the line.
Cerrone enters this fight a winner in seven of his last eight fights. His only loss was to Nate Diaz at UFC 141 on Dec. 30, 2011. He took on Jeremy Stephens after his loss to Diaz, and dominated all facets of this fight and won an easy unanimous decision. Cerrone has knocked off some very talented fighters in his MMA career: Jeremy Stephens, Dennis Siver, Charles Oliveira, Vagner Rocha, Paul Kelly, Chris Horodecki, Ed Ratcliff, Anthony Njokuani, and Jamie Varner. "The Cowboy" is one of the most talented fighters in the division, and has a very good stand up attack to go with a very dangerous submission game. He has some of the nastiest leg kicks in the division.
Guillard has won six of his last eight fights. He was on the cusp of a title shot until he was upset by Joe Lauzon at UFC 136 on Oct. 8, 2011. That loss snapped a five-fight winning streak. He followed the loss to Lauzon with another loss to Jim Miller.
He got back on track with a unanimous decision victory just over a month ago against submission specialist, Fabricio Camoes, at UFC 148 on July 7. This should be a huge boost of confidence for Guillard, because he has done poorly against submission artists in the past. All six of his career losses in the UFC have come via submission. Guillard is 11-6 in his UFC career and has beaten some talented fighters inside the Octagon. Jeremy Stephens, Evan Dunham, Shane Roller, Dennis Siver, Gleison Tibau, and Marcus Davis are just some of the names he has knocked off. "The Young Assassin" is one of the best strikers in the division and has 19 career knockouts.
If this fight stays on the feet, it gives Guillard a great chance to pull this one out. Cerrone has stated he wants to stand and bang with Guillard, even though he is one of the better wrestlers in the division. Cerrone is one of the best submission artists in MMA. 13 of his 18 wins have come by submission.
Once Cerrone gets rocked with one of Guillard's punches, he will be wise to take this fight to the ground. Cerrone's chances skyrocket if he can get this fight to the mat. However, Cerrone loves to put on a show, so he could very well try and trade blow for blow with Guillard, which could end up being a horrible decision for "The Cowboy."