UFC 150: Henderson Vs. Edgar II: Jake Shields Picks Up Win At Middleweight

San Francisco's Jake Shields attempted to rebound and rejuvinate his UFC career at Middleweight on Saturday with a win over Ed Herman. The bout will be on the main card of UFC 150, prior to Ben Henderson defending the LW title against Frankie Edgar. For more on MMA in general, head on over to SB Nation's MMA Fighting and Bloody Elbow.

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UFC 150 Henderson Vs. Edgar Bonuses: Donald Cerrone Takes Home 3 Checks After Saturday

UFC 150 had plenty of knockouts to choose from for the Knockout of the Night bonus. Ultimately, the most spectacular and demonstrative knockout took home the $60,000 bonus and also garnered Fight of the Night honors, in something of a shock.

After the Pay-Per-View in Denver wrapped up, Dana White announced who would be getting the night's bonuses in a post-event press conference. Donald Cerrone picked up Knockout of the Night for his brutal headkick and right hand combo that knocked Melvin Guillard cold in the first round. Surprisingly, Cerrone and Guillard won Fight of the Night honors, despite their match going less than two minutes.

The main event, a lightweight title rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar, was a five-round affair that was one of the closer fights in a long while. The crowd vehemently disagreed with Henderson retaining via split decision, but it was the most evenly-matched fight of the evening, was a high-profile match and was far from boring. While the decision may have been controversial, it was pretty much exactly in the mold of the fights that usually garner the highest honor of the evening.

Still, the Guillard-Cerrone match winning Fight of the Night was the right call. It will be a fight that will likely be remembered for some time. Guillard came out swinging, completely rocking Cerrone with huge punches and having him an inch from going out. Somehow, Guillard backed off and Cerrone stormed back, catching a glancing head kick on Guillard that left him dazed and flooring him with a big right. It was one of the more exciting sub-two minute fights you're likely to see and it was definitely the highlight of the evening.

The Submission of the Night bonus was mostly a formality, as Dennis Bermudez's standing choke was the only submission of the night.

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UFC 150 Results: Benson Henderson Retains Lightweight Title Via Split Decision Over Frankie Edgar

On Saturday, UFC 150 in Denver was headlined by the big lightweight title rematch between reigning champion Ben Henderson and former champ Frankie Edgar. In what was likely the fight of the night, Henderson retained his title in an extremely close fight, via split decision.

The first round was almost entirely stand-up fighting, as Henderson kept switching up his stance and utilizing leg kicks to try to wear Edgar down. Edgar scored a takedown in the final minute, but Henderson sank in a guillotine choke from his back. Edgar survived until the end of the round, however.

Henderson stuck to his game plan in the second round, starting with standup and leg kicks. Edgar landed a big right hand that knocked Henderson down midway through the round and was able to control on the ground for a bit, but Henderson did not look too hurt and was able to make it back to his feet eventually. The fight was likely 19-19 at this point.

The third round was even more evenly matched, with both men landing significant shots and both men pushing the pace, with neither gaining a decisive edge.

The fourth round was also an extremely close one. Although Edgar scored another big knockdown and landed huge punches, Henderson answered back with significant shots of his own. Edgar may very well have won the round and the champion Henderson knew he was in danger of losing the fight if he did not demonstrably take the final round and that he may very well need to finish the challenger.

Round 5 saw Henderson looking much more tentative than in early rounds and Edgar scored time and again on counters and breaks during a full round of standup. Edgar may very well have won the fight with big shots in the final round. UFC trackers showed that Henderson landed more kicks and more significant strikes than Edgar.

The bout was left in the hands of the judges and was one of the closer fights to score in recent memory. The official decision awarded the fight to Henderson via split decision on scores of 46-49, 48-47, 48-47.

Main Card

Ben Henderson (17-2) def. Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) [LW Title] via split decision
Donald Cerrone (19-4, 1 NC) def. Melvin Guillard (30-11-2, 1 NC) via TKO (punch) in 1:16 of Round 1
Jake Shields (28-6-1) def. Ed Herman (20-9) via unanimous decision
Yushin Okami (27-7) def. Buddy Roberts (12-3) via TKO (punches) in 3:05 of Round 2
Max Holloway (6-1) def. Justin Lawrence (4-1) via TKO (punches) in 4:49 of Round 2

Preliminary Card

Dennis Bermudez (9-3) def. Tom Hayden (8-2) via Submission (standing guillotine choke) in 4:43 of Round 1
Michael Kuiper (12-1) def. Jared Hamman (13-5) via TKO (punches) in 2:16 of Round 2
Erik Perez (12-4) def. Ken Stone (11-4) via TKO (punches) in 0:17 of Round 1
Chico Camus (12-3) def. Dustin Pague (11-7) via unanimous decision

Facebook card:

Nik Lentz (22-5-2, 1 NC) def. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-9-2) via TKO (punches) in 3:45 of Round 1

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UFC 150 Henderson Vs. Edgar II Results: Jake Shields Defeats Ed Herman Via Unanimous Decision

San Francisco's Jake Shields competed on the main card of UFC 150 on Saturday night. Shields has been trying to work his was up to title contention after back-to-back losses and was looking for his second straight win in his middleweight debut against Ed Herman.

The two men had a very evenly matched first round. Shields was able to gain top control but Herman survived it and gained confidence, while Shields looked a bit winded after the round ended.

In the second round, Shields got top control once again and was able to hold Herman down and control the pace. Shields attempted a kimura early but was unable to cinch it in. Shields had landed more blows at this point and had definitely pressed the attack in the fight. The boo birds in the crowd came out after a low-impact round, but Shields was clearly in the lead at that point. Herman looked exhausted after the round.

Herman tried to keep the fight upright in the third round and scored a takedown, but Shields had him back to the ground again in short order, once again controlling the top position for the remainder of the fight. Herman worked from the bottom late, but time ran out to the sound of rousing boos from the crowd.

Inevitably, the judges came back with a unanimous decision victory for Shields, 29-28, 30-27, 30-27.

Still to come at UFC 150 is the big Lightweight Championship rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar.

Here are the results for the UFC 150 card so far:

Main Card

Yushin Okami (27-7) def. Buddy Roberts (12-3) via TKO (punches) in 3:05 of Round 2
Max Holloway (6-1) def. Justin Lawrence (4-1) via TKO (punches) in 4:49 of Round 2

Preliminary Card

Dennis Bermudez (9-3) def. Tom Hayden (8-2) via Submission (standing guillotine choke) in 4:43 of Round 1
Michael Kuiper (12-1) def. Jared Hamman (13-5) via TKO (punches) in 2:16 of Round 2
Erik Perez (12-4) def. Ken Stone (11-4) via TKO (punches) in 0:17 of Round 1
Chico Camus (12-3) def. Dustin Pague (11-7) via unanimous decision

Facebook card:

Nik Lentz (22-5-2, 1 NC) def. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-9-2) via TKO (punches) in 3:45 of Round 1

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UFC 150 Henderson Vs. Edgar II: Full Card, Viewing Information & More

UFC 150 will emanate live from the Pepsi Center in Denver on Saturday night. The stacked card will be headlined by the big lightweight title rematch between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar. Edgar lost his title to Henderson via unanimous decision in February and is looking to snatch the belt back in Henderson's first title defense.

Closer to home, San Francisco's Jake Shields will be in action against Ed Herman on the main card. Shields is on the road back to title contention coming off a victory against Yoshihiro Akiyama in Japan in February after losing his previous two fights.

The undercard begins at 4:30 p.m. PT with a free fight that will be aired live on Facebook. At 5:00 p.m. PT, the preliminary fights will air on the FX Network. The main card will begin at 7:00 p.m. PT and will be available only on Pay-Per-View.

Here is the full fight card for Saturday's UFC 150.

Main Card

Ben Henderson (16-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) [LW Title]
Donald Cerrone (18-4, 1 NC) vs. Melvin Guillard (30-10-2, 1 NC)
Jake Shields (27-6-1) vs. Ed Herman (20-8)
Yushin Okami (26-7) vs. Buddy Roberts (12-2)
Justin Lawrence (4-0) vs. Max Holloway (5-1)

Preliminary Card

Dennis Bermudez (8-3) vs. Tom Hayden (8-1)
Jared Hamman (13-4) vs. Michael Kuiper (11-1)
Ken Stone (11-3) vs. Erik Perez (11-4)
Dustin Pague (11-6) vs. Chico Camus (11-3)

Facebook card:

Nik Lentz (21-5-2, 1 NC) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2)

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UFC 150: Henderson Vs. Edgar II Odds & Betting Lines

San Francisco's own Jake Shields will be looking to get his UFC career back on track on Saturday, when he takes on Ed Herman on the main card for UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II. In the main event, Ben Henderson will be taking on Frankie Edgar for the lightweight title, but Shields is the only Bay Area tie. There's some other California fighters in action, namely Jared Hamman and Justin Lawrence.

Below, we've got some betting lines (via bookmaker.eu with a H/T to Bloody Elbow), and there's really not much action there. It's very tempting to grab Melvin Guillard, especially because he continues to move - he's now at +250 against Donald Cerrone. Guillard versus any fighter shouldn't result in that kind of line, regardless of who it is. Cerrone will likely win, but it's hard to ignore the value there in Guillard.

Shields is probably good money, but his UFC career has been so disappointing thus far, it may not be the safest bet out there. Below, we've got the odds:

Main Card:
Ben Henderson (16-2) -185 vs. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) +155
Donald Cerrone (18-4, 1 NC) -310 vs. Melvin Guillard (30-10-2, 1 NC) +250
Ed Herman (20-8) +160 vs. Jake Shields (27-6-1) -200
Yushin Okami (26-7) -550 vs. Buddy Roberts (12-2) +400
Justin Lawrence (4-0) -115 vs. Max Holloway (5-1) -115

Preliminary Card:
Dennis Bermudez (8-3) -285 vs. Tom Hayden (8-1) +225
Jared Hamman (13-4) -115 vs. Michael Kuiper (11-1) -115
Ken Stone (11-3) -115 vs. Erik Perez (11-4) -115
Dustin Pague (11-6) -185 vs. Chico Camus (11-3) +155

Facebook card:
Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2) +285 vs. Nik Lentz (21-5-2, 1 NC) -355

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UFC 150 Henderson Vs. Edgar II: Jake Shields Has Been So Disappointing, Will That Change Saturday?

Being a Bay Area site doesn't necessarily mean each writer is totally devoted and a fan of each player/fighter/team in the region. In fact, SB Nation was built on quality fan coverage, and we proudly continue that here at our little regional. Now, given that the title references San Francisco's Jake Shields, you might think that this piece is going to hard on him ...

Well you're right.

Shields should not be 2-2 in the UFC, for one. He should be 1-3 at best, and there's still an argument for him being 0-4 when you really think about it, but let's not pile it on anymore than it actually needs. His run in Strikeforce was impressive, and his 15-fight win streak only included a couple no-name guys. Wins over guys like Dan Henderson and Jason Miller were certainly something to hang his hat on.

But when he came into the UFC, he took on Martin Kampmann, and was given a split decision victory. It's hard to see how Shields won that fight, given that he simply held a dominant position for portions of time mixed in with him getting the tar beat out of him. Kampmann fought a very stupid gameplan - something he's very prone to doing - so there's not a whole lot of sympathy, but Shields got a title shot based on a very poor performance.

And then of course, he lost that title fight, falling to unanimous decision to Georges St-Pierre. He won a round of that fight due to a major eye poke that shook GSP, but beyond that, there wasn't much else. His next fight was a 53-second TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger, so there's that. Then you get his fight against Yoshihiro Akiyama, which was basically a gimmie fight at this point.

Naturally, Shields won a very narrow decision in which many people thought Akiyama won on account of Shields not ... doing anything. Now, having not gone back to watch that fight since it was on, he gets a pass here. Let's call it 1-3 in our book. Now he's got a fight against Ed Herman at Middleweight.

It's unlikely he'll be cut if he loses to Herman but his time as a contender at any weight class is basically over if he doesn't come out victorious. Many of the bigger-named guys had to pass through Herman, such as Alan Belcher and Demian Maia. Even Kendall Grove had to get through him to get, you know, a UFC contract following TUF 3.

Rooting for someone to lose is a rare occurrence here. We're not going to be hoping Shields loses, we just wouldn't be surprised, given just how quickly he's flamed out since coming to the UFC. If Hector Lombard wasn't well on his way to the preliminary card, we'd be talking about Shields as potentially one of the biggest disappointments when it comes to hype and pedigree coming into the UFC.

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UFC 150: Henderson Vs. Edgar II Fight Card

The UFC will be looking to build on a very strong UFC On Fox event on Saturday when the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado plays host to UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II. California and the Bay Area will have some solid representation on the card, mostly in the form of Jake Shields on the night's main card as he takes on Ed Herman.

Shields fights out of San Francisco and was one of the brightest spots in Bay Area MMA ... before coming to the UFC. Since then, he's arguably lost every fight, but what many consider to be two lucky breaks have him sitting at 2-2 since transitioning to the "big game" after his dominance as the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion.

When he came to the UFC, he competed at Welterweight, but judging by that 2-2 record, it's just not for him. So he'll be returning to the 185-pounds division on Saturday. Other California ties include Jared Hamman and Justin Lawrence on the night's preliminary card. Stay tuned for more preview information and things of that nature, but for now, here's the full fight card:

Main Card

Ben Henderson (16-2) vs. Frankie Edgar (14-2-1) [LW Title]
Donald Cerrone (18-4, 1 NC) vs. Melvin Guillard (30-10-2, 1 NC)
Jake Shields (27-6-1) vs. Ed Herman (20-8)
Yushin Okami (26-7) vs. Buddy Roberts (12-2)
Justin Lawrence (4-0) vs. Max Holloway (5-1)

Preliminary Card

Dennis Bermudez (8-3) vs. Tom Hayden (8-1)
Jared Hamman (13-4) vs. Michael Kuiper (11-1)
Ken Stone (11-3) vs. Erik Perez (11-4)
Dustin Pague (11-6) vs. Chico Camus (11-3)

Facebook card:

Nik Lentz (21-5-2, 1 NC) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2)

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