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Opinions split on Henderson-Melendez

Benson Henderson proposes to his girlfriend after his title defense at UFC on FOX 7.
Benson Henderson proposes to his girlfriend after his title defense at UFC on FOX 7.
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FIGHT GALLERY

If you missed any of the record-setting knockout night in San Jose, we've got you covered.

It's not very often you hear boos while someone is trying to propose.

But Saturday's UFC on FOX 7 event from San Jose was not your normal fight night.

The evening included a UFC-record eight knockouts on the entire card, which was the first show in the new UFC on FOX series to include several talented fighters from the former Strikeforce circuit.

The night began with a brutal technical knockout by welterweight Matt Brown over Jordan Mein (highlights). There was also a thunderous head-kick by a former UFC face, with lightweight Josh Thomson (in his first UFC fight since 2004) delivering Nate Diaz his first career KO defeat (highlights). And in the other highly anticipated matchup, local heavyweight Daniel Cormier remained undefeated (highlights) in a steady decision win over Frank Mir.

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But the biggest buzz was reserved for lightweight champion Benson Henderson and fan favorite Gilbert Melendez, a native of San Jose. A heavy pro-Melendez crowd witnessed the first national-television UFC on FOX event in San Jose, and got quite a show in a main event that lasted the full five rounds.

Despite Henderson scoring a critical third-round takedown, the judges' scorecards were as close as they could get — officially 48-47, 47-48, 48-47. But that didn't stop fans from reacting angrily upon hearing Henderson had won the split-decision over Melendez.

POLL

  • Who do you think won the Henderson-Melendez fight?
    • Benson Henderson
    • Gilbert Melendez

Then it truly got weird. As Melendez dropped to the Octagon mat in a heap, agonizing over the controversial loss, just a few feet away the reigning champion Henderson also dropped down — to one knee, as he offered his girlfriend Maria Magana the wedding bling.

"I love you. I'm not perfect. I never have been, but you make me happier every single day than any man has a right to be. I love you. Will you marry me?"

The boos quieted for a moment, but after Magano accepted more boos rained down on the newly engaged.

"There's a lot of bigger things than fighting, and I had to take care of one of those things tonight," Henderson (aka "Smooth") said to UFC analyst Joe Rogan after winning two big prizes on the evening.

POLL

  • Did you like Benson Henderson proposing in the Octagon?
    • Yes, it was so CUUUUUTE!!!
    • No, it was so LAAAAAME!!!

OK, so first, the fight — even UFC President Dana White admitted afterward that the champ, now 7-0 in his UFC career, has the habit of squeaking by.

"It's a Ben Henderson fight," said White. "All his fights go to decisions — and controversial decisions."

"I didn't have any doubt," said Henderson. "I knew it was close, but I thought I won. ... I started slow because Gil made me start slow. But after the first round, I felt like I was winning."

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BUT WHAT ABOUT THAT PROPOSAL?

For one, UFC ring girl extraordinaire Arianny Celeste loves the proposal:

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However, sports TV personality Michelle Beadle does not feel the love:

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Arda Ocal, a Canadian boxing/UFC/MMA announcer with approzimately 50,000 followers, sums up the confused crowd:

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Among fans, there are plenty of haters:

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Then there are the skeptics:

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Some are cynics:

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And of course, the left-field conspiracy theory (though would he have proposed if he lost the bout? And about those UFOs ... ):

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AND OF COURSE, THERE'S THE OL' MARS-VENUS THING . . .

You mean most women like seeing men drop to one knee and propose? Ya don't say?!?!

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Meanwhile, some of the dudes out there . . . Well, what'd ya expect?

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WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT, REMEMBER THIS?

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