SAN JOSE, Calif. – Benson Henderson came out a double winner on Saturday.
Only minutes after narrowly retaining his UFC lightweight title by claiming a split decision over ex-Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, Henderson proposed to girlfriend Maria Magana in the Octagon at the HP Pavilion.
He got on one knee and asked Magana to marry him. After she said yes, he picked her off her feet and they embraced, and the pro-Melendez crowd booed the whole scene.
It was a wild end to a great night of fights. The eight knockouts tied a record for most knockouts on a card, matching the record set at UFC 92 in 2008.
Henderson and Melendez fought a back-and-forth bout that could have gone either way. Two judges had it 48-47 for Henderson and the third went 48-47 for Melendez. Yahoo! Sports scored it for Melendez, giving him Rounds 1, 2 and 5.
Each man landed his share of strikes and kicks and had his moments in the fight. Neither was ever close to being finished,Read More »from Benson Henderson ekes out split-decision win, proposes to girlfriend as crowd boos