UFC on FOX 7’s main event between UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez was a bout that was almost too close to call. Even the UFC’s official statistics website, Fightmetric, deemed the bout an almost unheard of 50-48 decision for Henderson. The UFC’s FUEL TV post-fight crew, along with the combatants themselves and UFC president Dana White, sounded off on their thoughts on the score in the post-fight telecast.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz on Henderson’s victory:
“I think the difference in this fight has to do with the counters of the significant strikes of Benson Henderson. Gilbert controlled the ring, he controlled the center of the ring and he pressured the way he should. But Benson was able to catch him, similar to the way he did to Frankie Edgar with the counter. Any time he could get those legs up the middle, he would kick the back leg of Melendez.”
Brian Stann on the decision between Henderson and Melendez:
“I was very impressed with Gilbert’s ability to stifle the takedowns of the champion, and the few times this fight went to the mat, it didn’t last long. He was extremely well prepared to fight the champ tonight and it was razor close the first three rounds. And I still don’t think anyone is quite sure who should have won the fight. I think we need to see part two.”
Henderson on the decision:
“I’m a fighter, not a judge, so it’s not my job to judge the fights. I thought I lost the first round, but I won the next four.”
Melendez on his loss:
“I thought I did bigger attacks, I landed cleaner punches. He hit me, but all on the forehead. I left him pretty bloody. And he had some good kicks. I thought I won 1, 2, I can see him winning 3, 4, but I thought I came strong in the fifth and stole the fight.”
UFC president Dana White on the score:
“I had it three rounds to two for Ben Henderson and the second round was one of those wishy-washy rounds.”
While there were calls for a rematch after the bout, the UFC appeared to have other plans for Henderson. White would announce that the winner of T.J. Grant and Gray Maynard would be next for the champion. Leaving Melendez in a tough situation for now.