I was really surprised that people thought Gilbert won. I think part of it had to do with bad announcing. Goldie woulld say big right hand or big left hook, then I would rewind to see Melendez hitting Bensons hair, hands, or nothing at all. I had it 49-46 giving Melendez the first round. I know people don;t like Henderson. I'm not a big fan either, but if you look at the stats, Henderson outlanded Melendez in every round except the first. I didn't think that it was an impressive fight by either fighter. Just my opinion. You're entitled to yours.
Been a long time since I've been to the forum.....but thought I would throw in my 2 cents about this fight after reading some of what other posters thought.
I want to get in several thoughts I had about this fight.....so ******WARNING****if you don't like long posts, please just move on.
I also have a similar view in regards to B "Smooth" Henderson as u. I've never been a big fan of his.....but I have to respect his MMA fighting ability in several respects.
First off....this guy has never been submitted or Ko'ed in any fight and I think he has 6 UFC fights now. I think the first time I remember seeing him fight was vs. "The Cowboy" Cerrone & if I remember correctly.....Cowboy had him in a choke hold (rear-naked I think) that looked extremely tight, under the chin, hands connected.
Basically the kind where u have to tap or go unconcious....be he somehow managed to escape it. I've also seen him take a few brutal head shots....one of them was the brutal knee to the head when going in for a takedown & he looked like it hardly phased him.
Also....if I was the nickname maker for MMA fighters....the one that comes right to mind for me for Henderson is "The Anaconda". I mean the guy looks like one. Those snakes are the second longest (behind the reticulated python which can get up to 30 feet long), but they are the heaviest.
And they are just one long coil of muscle with a head. Of course they just wrap around their prey which can be huge, & then squeeze the life out of them. Henderson has incredibly muscular legs & u can see it when u contrast them vs. anybody he fights.
And I'll bet the percentage of body fat he has is incredibly low. He also is one of the few guys that can go five....5 minute rounds full tilt. I wrestled in high school which was three....3 minute rounds & it's exhausting, so 25 minutes with 4 one minute breaks is amazing.
I also was surprised that so many folks thought it was a razor thin fight. I thought cerainly that G.M. won the first & maybe one of the other rounds....which would have made it a 48-47 which looks closer than I thought it was.
Also, trying to take down Ben & keep him down for any length of time is an almost impossible task. And even harder as the fight progresses...."Slippery When Wet".
I don't think Frankie would beat him if they fought 3 more times. One thing I don't get about Ben is why he either doesn't get a haircut before a fight or do something to keep it out of his face.
He is always having to use an arm to get some hair out of his eye(s), even during exchanges. Also, even though G.M. was able to catch some of Bens kicks & trip him up a couple of times when he did....it didn't do him any good.
And I felt that was something that kept the fight from being closer.....Ben did land a lot of nasty leg kicks on G.M.'s legs while Ben hardly took any damage to his Anaconda legs. And some of those elbow strikes Ben landed were pretty nasty.
Actually.....I thought G.M. did better than I thought he would. But I know that some of the MMA fighters.....when they get into that rarified air of being a UFC champ in a weight division & have defended it a few times....know how much just one loss would cost them.....so they sorta play it safe so they don't get caught (GSP comes to mind big time when I think of this).
I have started a thread about once a year for the last 3 years asking who posters thought would lose first....Jon Jones or Jose Aldo & I always get some interesting replies to that.
Just mentioned that because even after praising Hendersons abilities....I do not think he is in the rarified air of those guys.
And lastly....a fight I would like to see is either a catchweight 150 LB. fight between Henderson & Aldo. Or Aldo moving up to lightweight to challenge Henderson. I don't think Henderson could drop weight to fight Aldo at 145.....because he would have to lose 10 pounds of muscle since he seems to almost literally have no fat.