Gilbert Melendez’s long awaited big league debut finally came to fruition Saturday night. Unfortunately for the former Strikeforce lightweight champion, reigning UFC king Benson Henderson (pictured) rained on his parade.
The 155-pounders fought for 25 back-and-forth minutes in tonight’s featured attraction. When the dust settled in their hotly contested shootout, Henderson took home a razor-thin split decision (48-17, 47-48, 48-47) victory to retain his title.
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.
After the win, Henderson got down on one knee and proposed to girlfriend Maria Magana inside the Octagon.
She said yes.
UFC on FOX 7 took place inside HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Please click the media player below to watch the highlights and Bendo’s proposal: