Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and Benson “Smooth” Henderson’s headlining rematch at UFC 150 is one of the most difficult fights to predict in recent memory. Anything can and will happen under the lights of the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.
The air will be thin at the mile-high arena, but you’ll be able to taste the tension in the air as the fight begins.
At UFC 144, back in February, Henderson edged off the relentless and determined Edgar in order to steal his prized lightweight championship. The smaller Edgar was seemingly outmatched physically and could not do enough to turn the tide against the imposing attack of his opponent.
Since then, Edgar has had plenty of time to study and make adjustments from where he went wrong just six months ago. This added time to reflect and game-plan, coupled with his never-ending desire and passion, will make things different this time around in Denver.
That is for sure.
But what is the outcome most likely going to be? Will “The Answer” overcome the physical superiority of Henderson? Can he outlast him for five rounds and sway the judges in his favor this time? Or will he have to make an impact and take the decision out of the judge’s hands?
Let’s take a look at the three most likely outcomes of this pay-per-view grudge match.
Going the distance
Henderson has proven he has the strength, stamina and quickness to counteract the fast attack and wrestling of Edgar and gain the edge in the judges' points system.
If he can withstand another five rounds of Edgar’s attack, he will likely be able to do enough on the scorecard to retain the lightweight championship in this one.
If this happens: Henderson will retain the title via decision.
Early-Round Winner by TKO
Edgar may not be a favorite to knock out Henderson because of the size and perceived strength gap between the two, but if someone scores an early-round, surprise TKO, it’s going to be Edgar.
The Answer is going to unleash everything at his disposal to try and avenge his title loss after a fifth-round decision.
If this happens: Edgar will be the one to do it.
Edgar has a more effective mat game and is the better of the two in taking down his opponent. If he can keep Henderson on the mat, unlike in their first bout, he may be able to secure a surprise submission and shock the world.
Henderson isn’t going to go down easily and if he does, it’s going to be even harder for Edgar to keep the stronger and bigger fighter on the mat. However, The Answer’s striking and relentless attack could set up a situation in which Henderson is jeopardized and in a position to be submitted by the former champ.
If this happens: It will be Edgar who sneaks in a surprise submission.
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