In the main event, Ben Henderson puts his UFC lightweight title on the line against former champ Frank Edgar.
In the co-main event, Melvin Guillard matches up against former WEC champ Donald Cerrone.
Jake Shields sets up for a war with Ed Herman.
Yushin Okami returns to action facing Buddy Roberts.
Featherweight Justin Lawrence looks to stay unbeaten as he squares up with Max Holloway.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Ben Henderson vs. Frank Edgar
- Melvin Guillard vs. Donald Cerrone
- Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman
- Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts
- Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway
- Dennis Bermudez vs. Tom Hayden
- Michael Kuiper vs. Jared Hamman
- Ken Stone vs. Erik Perez
- Chico Camus vs. Dustin Pague
- Nik Lentz vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
B. Henderson def. F. Edgar via Decision (Split).
D. Cerrone def. M. Guillard via KO (Punch) at 1:16 of round 1.
J. Shields def. E. Herman via Decision (Unanimous).
Y. Okami def. B. Roberts via TKO (Punches) at 3:05 of round 2.
M. Holloway def. J. Lawrence vie TKO (Punches) at 4:43 of round 2.
D. Bermudez def. T. Hayden via Submission (Guillotine choke) at 4:43 of round 1.
M. Kuiper def. J. Hamman via TKO (Punches) at 2:16 of round 2.
E. Perez def. K. Stone via TKO (Punches) at 0:17 of round 1
C. Camus def. D. Pague via Decision (Unanimous).
N. Lentz def. E. Mitsuoka via TKO (Punches) at 3:45 of round 1.
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway:
The two came out and felt each other out for about two minutes. Lawrence did manage to take charge of the round, but he was hit with an accidental low blow which slowed him. Lawrence then landed a take-down, but Holloway regains his feet nearly immediately. Holloway does cut Lawerence open quite badly, but the damages seemed minimal. Holloway ends the first with another accidental low blow. End round
Holloway came out with a far more commanding demeanor right out of the gate. Holloway moved Lawrence around the octagon at will and handily controlled the pace. Lawrence seems to be hesitant to engaged, and that allowed Holloway to land a good knee into his opponent’s body which stepped him back. Holloway followed with a huge left hook directly into Lawrence’s liver which sent Lawrence to the ground. Holloway swarmed and pulled out an impressive win over a very decorated opponent.
Max Holloway stops Justin Lawrence by TKO at 4:49 of round 2.
Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts:
Roberts came out strong and found early success with his strikes; he landed several hard, powerful jabs on Okami. Roberts actually managed to wobble Okami at one point, but Okami tied up, and he drug Roberts to the mat after a long struggle. Roberts was an inch away from pulling off an omoplata, but Okami managed to escape. Yushin ended up in Roberts’ guard, and slowly passed into side control then mount. The round came to a close with Yushin on Buddy’s back firing away. End round
The second round started much like the first, as Roberts attacked quickly and landed another big left on Okami, but again, Okami pulled Roberts down and aggressively took his back. Okami then dropped dozens of punches into Roberts’ head. Herb Dean gave Roberts every chance to intelligently defend, but ultimately Buddy just laid there and ate too any shots without any active defense. To the crowd’s dismay, the fight was stopped, and Okami took home his 11th UFC win.
Okami wins by TKO half way through the second round.
Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman:
The two guys came out and Ed Herman immediately pushed Jake into the cage. Shields then hip-tossed Herman to the canvas, and swiftly moved to take Herman’s back. Ed dodged the bullet and regained his feet, but oddly, Ed stayed in the clinch with Jake. For the remaining 3ish minutes of the round, Ed pushed Jake into the cage and the two exchanged non-damaging strikes. End Round
Again, Ed Herman initiated the clinch, but this time Jake was able to score the take down immediately. Shields came close to pulling of a kimura. However, Ed escaped, but in doing so, he allowed Shields to move into side control. Herman somehow managed to move Jake right into his own guard though. After exchanging a few strikes from full guard, Shields managed to pass into half guard, but the clock was waning. End round
Round three began with Shields tangling Ed up with a clinch, but Herman decided he had had enough and pulled away. Shields fails on a take-down, and Ed retorts with a slam of his own. He didn’t hold Shields down, and Shields stood. This allowed Shields a chance at another take-down, and this time the former champ succeeded. Jake then moved flawlessly into full mount with about 1:30 left. Again, Herman somehow moved him back into guard; Herman does managed to bust Jake’s nose open, but this is where the final horn blows. End round
In his typical UFC fashion, Jake Shields walks out with another grueling decision win.
Melvin Guillard vs. Donald Cerrone:
Guillard smashed Cerrone with an immediate counter left and swarmed. Cerrone seemed to regain himself, but he was clearly hurt. Donald stepped back and landed solid a head kick which did visible damage. Cerrone then stepped forward and knocked Melvin out cold with a crushing right hand.
Cerrone smashes Guillard and pulls in a well earned win by KO.
Ben Henderson vs. Frank Edgar:
The fight starts with the typical non-committal strikes. Henderson landed the first significant strike in the form of a leg kick; Henderson dropped Edgar with another hard kick to the same leg right on the calf, and the calf had already turned red. Edgar then lands a solid overhand right, and he follows with a kick. Edgar pulls off a nice take-down, but he accidentally ran right into a guillotine. Henderson sunk it in deep, but Edgar survived. End round
Henderson again smashed Frankie’s calf which had become very bright red. After dancing around for a bit, Henderson landed another crushing kick, but this time Edgar countered well with a big right hook and dropped Henderson and jumped on with a choke, but Ben evaded. Edgar tied up and held Ben down, but The two stood back up. Edgar went in for another take-down, but Henderson stayed standing. End round
Henderson wasted no time and fired off a strong head kick, but it was blocked. Edgar seemed to start timing Henderson’s leg kicks more appropriately and evaded them successfully. Two minutes of feeler strikes were spent, but Edgar resumed the action with two hard leg kicks. Not to be out done, Henderson fire back a low kick of his own. Kicks were quickly becoming the only strikes being thrown as the former champ landed a great body kick. End round
Ben started the championship rounds with punches in bunches but doesn’t connect well with any. Edgar scored a take-down and pushed Ben in to the cage. Frank sunk in a seemingly solid guillotine, but Ben once more pulled his head out and stood. Ben knocked Frank’s mouth piece out and they resume action. Frank returned fire with a punch-kick combo at the one minute mark; the two began to brawl for a bit at the 30 second mark with Frank scoring the better of the exchanges. End round
Frank lit up with a good right hook to kick off the final round and puts Henderson on his butt, but he stood again. Frank definitely had more presence in the octagon during the opening half of the 5th round and controlled the pace though he did not land as many significant strikes. Frank adjusted and started landing big counter shots in both punches and kicks. Frank began to pull ahead in scoring in fifth round with even more good counters. Counter shot after counter shot began to stack, and Ben returned with a solid head kick right on Frank’s face, but the challenger was not phased. End round
In a very close fight, Ben Henderson keeps his belt with a split decision. The crowd and myself strongly disagree with the judges scores.
Submission of the Night: Dennis Bermudez
Knockout of the Night: Donald Cerrone
Fight of the Night: Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard.