This night will be remembered. Without a doubt the UFC’s grand return to Japan was an undeniable success. The ‘Bushido Spirit’ filled Saitama Super Arena to the rafters, and we were delivered a superb night of fights culminating in yet another gory Frankie Edgar ‘Rocky’ remake. After five rounds of high paced back and forth action that left Frankie a bloody mess and Benson Henderson unscathed (but not without a few stray hairs), Bendo took the lightweight championship out of the Jersey shore and into the Kingdom of Christ.
Ben Henderson now joins Jens Pulver, Sean Sherk, BJ Penn and the man he dethroned as one of the few UFC lightweight champs ever, but it’s not without controversy. Honestly I don’t know who won. The Twitterverse is up in arms, some picking Frankie some Bendo. ‘You have to defeat the champion’ they say, but looking at the competitor’s faces should tell all the tales needed. Compustrike’s Tweet’s tell an interesting tale as well.
Check this out, FightMetric scores it differently:
Frankie, to put it simply, was pissed about the loss. We don’t know if he saw Compustrike’s Tweet’s above right before he stepped up to talk to Joe Rogan, but for a guy who had one eye open and blood gushing out of his face for fifteen minutes, he thought won the fight. It’s kind of justified too.
Now it’s official: Bendo/Pettis II is going down in an octagon near you for the UFC lightweight championship. WEC never die!
Thanks to Tracy Lee for the banner pic.