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Aug 12, 2012 1:14 AM by Jordan Mason

Henderson retains UCF lightweight title

DENVER (AP) - Benson Henderson retained the lightweight title at UFC 150 on Saturday night, doing just enough to outpoint Frankie Edgar in a split decision.

Henderson, born in Colorado Springs, received winning scores of 48-47 from two of the judges, while the third scored it 49-46 for Edgar. Henderson took the belt from Edgar with an unanimous decision Feb. 25.

Boos rained down on Henderson after the decision was announced to the crowd that increasingly gravitated to Edgar's corner as the 155-pound fight progressed.

The five-round bout was action-packed, with both fighters landing damaging punches and kicks and nearly submitting each other with choke holds. The difference likely came because of Henderson's 89-62 advantage in significant punches landed.

Henderson will next defend his title against Nate Diaz.

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