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Written by Scott Swerbinsky

Scott Swerbinsky

150Tonight in Denver, UFC 150 takes place and the fans watching in the Mile High State and on pay per view are in for a real treat.  

In the main event, the lightweight title is on the line in a rematch between current champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson takes on former champ Frankie “The Answer” Edgar. This one has the potential to be a fight of the year candidate.hasn’t been in Colorado for a number of years and they are making up for it with what I feel is a loaded fight card.

The first meeting was back in February and Henderson won a hard fought five round unanimous decision. The fight was so close that UFC President Dana White ordered an immediate rematch.

The immediate rematch is something that Edgar is becoming very familiar with.  Since April of 2010, Edgar will have only fought three different guys in six fights. He won and defended the title in two fights with BJ Penn. After that was the unreal back to back scraps with Gray Maynard, one being a draw and the other ending with Edgar knocking out Maynard.  The most recent fight for Edgar was the loss to Henderson that he will try to avenge this evening.

Henderson, currently with a 15-2 career record to me is one of the most electrifying mixed martial artists in the world today. His all around game is sensational and it’s hard to find any weaknesses. He can beat you with his striking, wrestling, submissions, and his stamina. His endurance is something to marvel at. The former champ in the WEC is a treat to fight fans.

Frankie Edgar’s biggest asset to me is his heart. While is all around skill is top of the food chain, I think it’s his ability to come back from being down that makes him world class. Edgar will always be the smaller guy as he hardly cuts any weight to make the 155 pound limit. He will never overpower anyone but is always prepared and ready to every scenario.

This main event to me is going to be special. I’m a huge Henderson fan and respect Frankie Edgar a ton. I just see the skill set of Henderson being too much for Edgar, similar to the first fight. Expect a world class title fight between two of the best pound for pound fighters in the game.

The co-main event is another matchup that should be very entertaining. Former training partners, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone takes on Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard in a fight in the lightweight division. This one should be a striker’s dream.

Cerrone, with a win could be closing in on title contention and must make a statement tonight. Guillard missed weight by close to two pounds so he has already made his statement. He either suffered a minor injury or hasn’t taken this fight as seriously as he should. Rumors have been flying around that while they trained together, Cerrone always seemed to get the best of Melvin.

If this fight goes to the ground, it will be all Cerrone. Every fight Melvin loses, it’s by submission. He’s a striker and is very good at that but just can’t seem to get a grasp on the ground game. Cerrone might want to play the kickboxing game to please his hometown fans. I like Cerrone in this one regardless of where it takes place.

The sleeper fight on this card is Jake Shields versus Ed Herman. Both guys are very skilled and looking to prove they belong in the elite. Shields has fought for titles and wants to climb back into that conversation. Herman has the skills to do so but just hasn’t seemed to put it all together until recently.

Look for Ed Herman to come out and be super aggressive in this one. If he can hurt Shields early, then lookout. The longer the fight goes, the biggest edge Jake Shields will have. I like Herman to take this fight tonight.

Full fight card:

Champ Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (for lightweight title)

Donald Cerrone vs. Melvin Guillard

Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman

Yushin Okami vs. Buddy Roberts

Justin Lawrence vs. Max Holloway

Dennis Bermudez vs. Tom Hayden

Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper

Ken Stone vs. Erik Perez

Dustin Pague vs. Chico Camus

Nik Lentz vs. Eiji Mitsuoka

That is a loaded card ladies and gentlemen. UFC on Fox last weekend was unbelievable which was much needed after UFC 149 was terrible and total letdown. All of the fights tonight in Denver have fight of the night potential and I can’t wait to tune in. You should too. Enjoy.

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