Round 1 - Referee Herb Dean oversees the evening's main event. Edgar walks across the cage to open. Henderson stays at range and avoids an early high kick. Chants of "Frankie" as they feel each other out. Traded punches. Henderson staying in the center of the octagon. Edgar circling left. Jab for Henderson, and he buckles Edgar's leg with a low kick. Another low kick turns Edgar around. Two minutes in. Henderson switches stances and drops Edgar with another low kick. He tries to capitalize on the floor, but Edgar picks and ankle and creates some space. Edgar looking to move in and out with his boxing. Henderson staying away in the early going. High kick blocked by Henderson. Henderson scores with two punches. It's a methodical pace right now. Henderson tries to come in with a knee. Edgar counters well. Edgar with two low kicks. Edgar shoots in for a takedown. Henderson grabs a guillotine and squeezes. Edgar seems to be OK, and the round ends. MMAjunkie.com sees the first for Henderson, 10-9.
Round 2 - Edgar busy to open with punches and a high kick. Still, Henderson avoids the blows. Henderson low kick drops Edgar, but he pops quickly back to his feet. Henderson finding a home for his jab, but the leg is taking the most damage so far. Henderson misses an axe kick. He looks comfortable fighting in the center. Edgar tries to catch a kick, but Henderson pulls away. As he retreats, Edgar drops him with a right hand. Henderson immediately shoots in to try and slow it down. Edgar tries to attack the neck. Guillotine choke not quite in. Henderson works to his feet but keeps a hand on the mat. Edgar knees him anyway, and Dean doesn't call it. Edgar still controlling the neck, and Henderson drops to a knee. Henderson seems to be just waiting out his opponent right now. He finally pulls away with less than a minute. Edgar bleeding from the nose, and Henderson tries to pick up the pace a bit. Henderson shoots for a takedown. Edgar stuffs it and looks again for the neck. Not there, and they reset. Edgar lands another right. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Edgar, 10-9.
Round 3 - Both fighters bouncing to open the third. Henderson snaps off a hard high kick that Edgar blocks. Henderson misses a big overhand right. He does land a knee inside. Edgar chops at the legs. Henderson does the same. Missed punches from both. Henderson still controlling the center as Edgar circles two minutes in. Another Henderson high kick blocked. Halfway mark. Edgar looks inside but Henderson sticks a counter jab. Edgar still moving well, but Henderson is landing with his jab. Low kick from Edgar. Henderson rushes forward with a few low kicks. Edgar thinks takedown but can't get it. Final minute of a close round. Punches exchanges. Henderson taking a karate stance. He kicks the leg. Edgar rushes with punches, but Henderson slips and counters. Close round, but MMAjunkie.com goes with Henderson, just slightly, 10-9.
Round 4 - Henderson opens with a few heavy kicks to open. Edgar looking to counter over the top. Both fighters still with plenty in the tank. Edgar pushing in more, but Henderson largely avoiding the shots. Edgar catches a kick and sends Henderson to the floor. Henderson leaps up with a capoeira kick from the bottom, but Edgar pushes forward and controls the head. Henderson kneeling against the cage, and Edgar looks again for the guillotine. Henderson survives it, and Edgar backs away. Henderson punches to the body. Two minutes remain. Edgar still the higher volume striker. Henderson firing with more power. He's largely abandoned the kicks. Brief timeout to replace Edgar's mouthpiece. Stiff punches exchanged on the restart. Final minute. Big shots coming from both guys. Henderson kicks the body. Flurries from both in the final seconds. Henderson hanging his hands a little, and Edgar scores with a right. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Edgar, 10-9.
Round 5 - Final round, and Dean has to push them back before the start. Henderson with a lead left, but Edgar lands a right hand over the top. Edgar still pressing. Edgar trips an off-balance Henderson to the floor, but he can't get there before he stands. Edgar flurrying and mixing in kicks to the legs. Henderson looks comfortable, but he's allowing Edgar to be the busier fighter. Two clean punches from Henderson. Two minutes in. Edgar catches a low kick but can't push Henderson over. Henderson with a crisp left. Edgar pushing in as Henderson looks to counter. Henderson doesn't look threatened, but he's being outworked. Henderson slips after a few Edgar low kicks. Final minute of another close round. Henderson lands two clean punches again. Edgar answers back. Edgar slips on a high kick and then gets back up only to eat a kick from Henderson. Close final round, and both guys raise their hands. MMAjunkie.com gives the final round to Edgar, 10-9, but it was close again. This could be interesting. Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via split decision (46-49, 48-47, 48-47) to retain UFC lightweight title.