As the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The saying applies to this day and without a doubt, applies to mixed martial arts as some of the sports most historic moments are relived through the images that captured them.
There is nothing better than a snapshot of a fighter dealing with tragedy or triumph, or a picture of a perfectly timed strike, every microscopic fragment of impact relived as limbs and jaws collide. A photo can display a range of emotions, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat. Every picture is different, each having a unique distinction and personal story.
That being said, lets look back at the 6 best photos from UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II.
6. Flying Kick
Lightweight champion Benson Henderson landed a flush jumping upkick to the chin of Frankie Edgar from his back during the UFC 150 main event. The kick was one that would have rattled many fighters, but Edgar showcased his durable chin and shook it off. Henderson would have liked the strike to knock Edgar out because it would have earned him a decisive, however he still came out victorious by split decision.
5. Boy’s Got Hops
After choking out Tommy Hayden with a standing guillotine, Dennis Bermudez displayed his tremendous athleticism by pulling out perfectly executed backflip. The celebration raises the question, what was more impressive, Bermudez’s submission win, or the back flip that followed? Only you can decide.
4. Human Punching Bag
Michael Kuiper lit up Jared Hamman from start to finish in their preliminary bout at UFC 150. Hamman absorbed a ridiculous amount of damage from Kuiper before being stopped late in the second round. For a majority of the fight, Hamman could only be described as a human punching bag as he took shot after shot from Kuiper. It was one of the best fights on the card but the bout definitely does not do any favours to Hamman’s long-term health.
3. Bas Rutten Would Be Proud
The featherweight fight between Max Holloway and Justin Lawrence was extremely competitive up until the final seconds of the second round when Holloway threw a stinging right hook to the body, followed by a liver shot that sent “The Ultimate Fighter” season 14 cast member down in pain. Lawrence was unable to recover from the powerful body shots and after a flurry of follow-up punches on the ground, referee Josh Rosenthal called an end to the fight.
2. Two Men, One Winner
At the conclusion of their second-straight five-round battle, Benson Henderson and Frankie Edgar both put their hands above their heads claiming victory. Henderson was awarded the decision but it wasn’t without controversy as Henderson was awarded a split decision win. The fact both men were so confident they won the fight proves how close it was but unfortunately only one could walk away with the lightweight title. That man was Henderson.
1. Last Second Kick To The Kisser
Frankie Edgar got a mouthful of Benson Henderson’s foot in the final seconds of the fifth round in the main event of the UFC 150 pay-per-view. While the kick looks brutal in still-frame, Edgar appeared completely unfazed by the strike in real-time. It was one of the more significant strikes of the bout and likely earned Henderson the fifth round which could have very well won him the fight.
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