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Gilbert Melendez Left Impressed With Benson Henderson, Heartbroken Over Loss

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The emotion was evident on the face of Gilbert Melendez Saturday night after UFC on FOX 7, as the former Strikeforce lightweight champion was on the losing end of a split decision loss to Benson Henderson.

Melendez, who felt he won the fight by taking rounds one, two, and five, said he was “just heartbroken right now,” while appearing on the FUEL TV post-fight show.

“It was a tough fight. I thought I got rounds one and two, lost three and four, but did enough to win the fifth.”

Henderson had advantages in both total strikes and significant strikes, but Melendez did score the lone takedown.

“When I walked forward, I thought I did bigger attacks,” Melendez said. “I landed cleaner punches. I thought I came on strong in the fifth.”

Scoring appears to be all over the place for this contest, but the majority of what I’ve read had Melendez winning it. Personally, I saw Henderson, but it was a very, very close fight; and a rematch would not be looked down upon by me.

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