Mixed martial arts fighter Benson Henderson won the UFC lightweight title last Saturday, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Henderson proved to be too much for his smaller opponent as he delivered a number of stunning blows including a vicious kick in the second round that broke Edgar’s nose and sent blood gushing.
“I wanted to use my size to my advantage,” Henderson said, according to the Associated Press. “Making weight is really (a struggle) for me … so I want to make sure my opponents feel that pain when we have 25 minutes inside this octagon.”
Edgar repeatedly caught Henderson’s kicks and managed a handful of takedowns, but Henderson countered much of Edgar’s trademark work rate with his significant size advantage.
Henderson staggered Edgar with a perfectly placed up-kick late in the second round, with his right heel connecting squarely with Edgar’s head while Henderson was prone on the canvas. Edgar survived the round, but the kick left blood pouring from his nose, and the wound opened up again in the third round while Edgar’s left eye closed from an earlier shot.
The judges scored the fight 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of the Federal Way, Wash., native., who was quick to embrace his mother, Song, after the end of the fight.
When Benson Henderson walked out of the cage after winning the UFC lightweight title, he walked right past security and the UFC staff who was directing him towards the locker room. He had to go celebrate with the woman who has supported him throughout his career: his mom.
In a sweet moment, Henderson hugged his mother. She pulled back and grabbed at his belt, bursting with pride over her son’s accomplishment.
Check out our profile on Henderson from the April 2011 issue of KoreAm.