The lightweight belt is up for grabs again Saturday at UFC 15o with Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar squaring off for the title. This fight follows a recurring theme for lightweight belt which is rematches. Edgar lost to Henderson at UFC 144 in Japan and after having to rematch both opponents he faced when he won the belt Edgar asked for his own.
Edgar was granted the rematch and again will put the lightweight division on hold. This fight has many interesting story lines for Edgar and the lightweight division as a whole. If Edgar wins he will most likely be forced to fight Henderson for a third time to determine the true lightweight champion, but if Edgar loses the question is whether he will move down to featherweight or not.
He cuts no weigh to reach the lightweight limit and at 5’6″ is one of the smaller fighters in the division. The first fight with Henderson was the first time his size disadvantage truly hurt him. Edgar was unable to utilize his wrestling and get inside of the range of Henderson without paying the price.
Henderson will want to follow the same game plan he used at UFC 144 where he won thanks to his superior athletic ability, but for Edgar look for him to try to use his wrestling and footwork a little bit more and not assume he has won a round.
The co-main event gives us a fight between friends. Donald Cerrone is one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC and with his outstanding kicks and jiu-jitsu he poses a huge threat to Guillard. Cerrone has 13 wins via submission and Guillard’s weakness has been submission defense.
Guillard may be the total opposite of Cerrone. He has some of the fastest hands in the lightweight division and unbelievable power. We’ve seen Guillard drop many an opponent with body shots and he wants to turn this fight into a brawl.
There is no doubt this fight will have fireworks. Guillard and Cerrone have stated they want to give fans a fight and the fact they’ve trained together makes this even better. Cerrone will look for submissions and to utilize his leg kicks to keep Guillard off balance, but for Guillard the key is going to be how much his submission defense has improved.
Also on the card is Jake Shields and Ed Herman. This is Shields first fight at middleweight in the UFC where he feels he will be better. Shields has some of the best jiu-jitsu in the UFC and needs to utilize it. The big issue is Herman has outstanding jiu-jitsu also and Shields is still very weak in the stand up game.
Fans may think this is a quick easy win for Shields back at his natural weight of 185 pounds, but don’t count Herman out especially in Denver where Shields has said he hasn’t adjusted to the altitude.
The fight card fills out as such:
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC 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. Tommy Hayden
Jared Hamman vs. Michael Kuiper
Ken Stone vs. Erik Perez
Dustin Pague vs. Chico Camus
Nik Lentz vs. Eiji Mitsuoka