‘UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson’ Features Seven Live Fights During Four-Hour PPV

Written by Tom Ngo
February 14th, 2012

UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar

A four-hour show in Japan seems kind of short in comparison to most mixed martial arts events that take place in the Orient, but the Octagon’s long-awaited return to The Land of the Rising Sun will run 60 minutes longer than their typical pay-per-view broadcasts.

Next Saturday’s “UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson” event will showcase seven fights on the main card, as opposed to the five live bouts that typically appear in a PPV broadcast.

The scraps originally slated for the prelims that received the promotion were Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch and Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski.

The event takes place Sunday, February 26th inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama in order to accommodate a Saturday, February 25th 10PM ET/7PM PT start time in North America.

A lightweight title affair between Frankie Edgar (Pictured) and Ben Henderson headlines the festivities.

Here is the show’s revised agenda:

Preliminary Card:

Tiequan Zhang vs. Issei Tamura

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso

Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda


Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee

Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

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