The last time the UFC set up camp in Japan, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was still five years away from making his MMA debut. Now, thanks to the organization’s decision to return to the Land of the Rising Sun with UFC 144, Edgar will not only have an opportunity to fight in one of the sport’s birthplaces but defend his title there as well.
Set to unfold from Saitama Super Arena, UFC 144 featured Edgar putting his gold up for grabs against polished pugilist Benson Henderson in the main event of a card including six other main card collisions. When the smoke cleared “Bendo” emerged with the title after outpointing Edgar in a highly-entertaining affair. Edgar fought valiantly but came up short against the bigger, more powerful Henderson who improved his record to 16-2 with the victory.
Other highlights included Anthony Pettis knocking out Joe Lauzon, Tim Boetsch making an epic comeback against Yushin Okami, and Quinton Jackson lsoing to former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader as the result of sub-par wrestling.
Read below for a full list of UFC 144 winners/losers as revealed thus far:
Issei Tamura def. Tiequan Zhang via Knockout Round 2
Chris Cariaso def. Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision
Riki Fukuda def. Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision
Vaughan Lee def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Armbar Round 1
Takanori Gomi def. Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Anthony Pettis def. Joe Lauzon via Knockout Round 1 (High Kick)
Hatsu Hioki def. Bart Palaszewski via Unanimous Decision
Tim Boetsch def. Yushin Okami via TKO Round 3 (Strikes)
Jake Shields def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via Unanimous Decision
Mark Hunt def. Cheick Kongo via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Ryan Bader def. Quinton Jackson via Unanimous Decision
Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision
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