Benson Henderson held on to his lightweight belt at UFC 150 on Saturday night, but just barely.
The Colorado Springs native beat New Jersey's Frankie Edgar in a split decision -- 48-47, 48-47, 46-49 -- much to the displeasure of the Denver crowd, whose favor seemed to shift toward Edgar during the match.
Henderson claimed the belt from Edgar back in February, and it was tough to tell just who would leave with it this time around. Both fighters landed punishing punches and kicks and nearly submitted each other with choke holds.
But Henderson (17-2) held an 89-62 advantage in significant punches, which may have made the difference in the match. It did not, however, seem to make a difference to the crowd, which rained boos upon the defending champion when the decision was announced.