For you Gilbert Melendez (pictured) fanboys claiming your hero was robbed in a split decision (48-17, 47-48, 48-47) defeat to reigning UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson on Saturday night, that’s not what the official box score reads.
According to FightMetric, their 25-minute affair was in fact very tight to call, with three of the five rounds resulting in a draw on their stat sheet, but Henderson rightfully left the Octagon with his title in tow.
The UFC’s official number crunchers report Henderson connected on 92 total strikes to Melendez’s 56. Furthermore, “Smooth” landed 68 significant strikes to the challenger’s 43.
Meanwhile, Melendez successfully secured his lone takedown attempt. Henderson was 0-4 on his takedown tries.
Neither fighter showcased their respective submission games.
Just in case you were wondering, judge Derek Clearey gave Henderson the final three rounds, while Michael Bell handed him the middle three frames. Wade Vierra awarded Melendez with the first, fourth and fifth stanzas.
Difficult decision to swallow? Yes. Downright robbery? No.
UFC on FOX 7 took place inside HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Here is the official box score for Henderson vs. Melendez (Feel free to click on the tabs to examine the different categories and rounds):