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UFC 144 headliner named event’s Fight of the Night

The main event at UFC 144 between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson did the UFC’s return to Japan proud after the two talented lightweights battled for the belt in a bout ultimately named the event’s Fight of the Night. Henderson narrowly outpointed Edgar after doing more damage throughout their twenty-five minute match-up.

Both men were awarded $65,000 for their performances. The bonuses as well as the amounts were announced at the post-event press conference.

Though Henderson’s win capped the evening off properly, lightweight Anthony Pettis started the PPV out on a high note by scoring a Knockout of the Night winning head-kick against apt adversary Joe Lauzon. He too won $65,000 and is rumored to be receiving the first shot at the newly crowned lightweight champion.

Finally, $65,000 and Submission of the Night went Vaughan Lee after weathering an early storm from Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto before locking in an Armbar and tapping the Japanese icon out for the first time in his storied career.