Anyone feel sympathy for Benson after this?

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  1. emax

    emax Black Belt

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    I mean, I am speaking as a genuine fan here. He's had a storied career and has won the UFC belt and has established a reputation as being one of the great examples of a guy who will fight anytime anywhere and whom you can trust will fight when the UFC says he's gonna fight.

    And yet I just don't see that he has ever gotten anywhere close to the majority of the MMA community behind him. Many, possibly most, of his detractors seem to think his title reign was perhaps the most illegitimate one in UFC history with at least one defense that should not count as a win for Benson. Many seem to think he cheated and faked his way to the UFC LW title int he first placer and should not even be counted as former LW champion. On more than one Benson thread you can read comments that at the very least imply they feel that.

    Many feel his true MMA record is a rather unimpressive 16-10 since they feel that there are 5 fights he has officially won that count as genuine losses since there was no way he actually won.

    And tonight showed the possibility that the top tier of MMA has now passed him by, just like it eventually does for any guy who was once at the top. If that's the case, it is most likely that he'll end up losing two more fights or so and then end up leaving MMA. And then he will be remembered by a large chunk of the MMA community as something of a fraud in this sport due to the decision wins he stole from his opponents.

    And I am a genuine Benson who has always been fine with his expressions of faith, his thanking of Jesus, the "Can I get an Amen", all that. And I'm also a fan for the same reasons I'm a Cerrone fan. And so i do not like at all that he will be remembered this way but I fear that much of the MMA fanbase will remember it this way and so I feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for Benson since I fear that his legacy will be quite bad in spite of all the work he's put into this sport. Perhaps I'm exaggerating it a little but I don't feel good about how he will be remembered.
     
  2. 76Knockout

    76Knockout Silver Belt

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    The boo's were a bit much but eh they paid for tickets guess they can be dicks if they want.
     
  3. JohnRam87

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    Love both guys, Cerrone got the win tonight, Benson will bounce back.
     
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    no killer instinct... point fighter loses a decision...
     
  5. trane

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    Not really, you know what they say live by the sword die by the sword
     
  6. Stine 304

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    Benson gets a bad wrap. He lost to Melendez and that's it. He lost today too.
     
  7. Git rekt

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    Honestly i think it all came down to that takedown cerrone landed. As someone who is accustomed to winning decisions he shouldve have known how shifty the judges can be and gone for a takedown, or at least been much more aggresive, He knew what it took to win and didnt bring it, Even let cerrone get him to the floor again later. Like most of the people here are saying live by the sword die by the sword.
     
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    Your post is evoking more feels in me than from what actually happened. He lost a fight and you're writing a damn eulogy.
     
  9. Shijima Claw

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    Lets pray for him
     
  10. roventu

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    i dont think that quote really applies lol

    itd be more like live by the judges, die by the judges
     
  11. Linux34

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    I like Bendo and felt sad but payback is a bitch.

    He 100% got a robbery decision (Casino rigged, phoned in) against Edgar in their second fight. Frankie Edgar 100% beat Bendo.
     
  12. uWot

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    Can I get an Amen?
     
  13. Reffson

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    I always liked Benson but I didn't like the way he was hot-doggin in the ring like he was running away with the fight. I knew it was close, and I thought Cerrone was really goin for the win at the end while Bendo was trying to play the judges. His chopping knee kicks were good at keeping Cerrone at bay for a while but then Cerrone countered effectively with his own.

    Bendo also sounded kind of nuts after the fight. Granted he was pissed off but he had a bit of a dual personality thing goin on there during the postfight interview. Not gonna win fans that way. Dana needs to make money this year to offset the big losses from cancelled fights in 2015. Dana got his wish, both Cowboy and McGoat won!
     
  14. Sh0gun

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    Feel bad for what? Cerrone rightfully won. Yeah it was definitely close, but how many decisions did Bendo take that were ridiculously close? He had no problems when he was on the right side of the decision.
     
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    Na, he's a boring ass jesus freak point fighter who has been the beneficiary of at least five robberies. I'm glad he is now officially irrelevant
     
  16. psychodad

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    Nope.

    It was a close fight and he's won his fair share of gift decisions.
     
  17. Luger

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    Jesus wanted him to lose.
    Deal with it.
     
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  19. Git rekt

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    "But jesus, I can take him down, Ive beaten him twice before, i submitted him last time!"

    "no Benson you must Stand and bang it out to decision"

    "Jesus plz he just took me down"
     
  20. Aegon Spengler

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    Cerrone has 14 fuckin wins in the UFC
     

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