“UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson” took place Sunday inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
After 25 minutes of back-and-forth action, Benson Henderson (Pictured) managed to hand Frankie Edgar the second loss of his professional career while capturing the lightweight crown in the process.
After a brief scare in the 2ndRound of their light heavyweight affair, Ryan Bader cruised to a unanimous decision victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the night’s co-featured contest.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Issei Tamura Defeated Tiequan Zhang via KO (Punch) at :32 in the 2ndRound
Chris Cariaso Defeated Takeya Mizugaki via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Riki Fukuda Defeated Steve Cantwell via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Vaughan Lee Defeated Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via Submission (Armbar) at 4:29 in the 1stRound
Takanori Gomi Defeated Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO (Punches) at 2:21 in the 2ndRound
Anthony Pettis Defeated Joe Lauzon via KO (Head Kick) at 1:21 in the 1stRound
Hatsu Hioki Defeated Bart Palaszewski via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Tim Boetsch Defeated Yushin Okami via TKO (Punches) at :54 in the 3rdRound
Jake Shields Defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Hunt Defeated Cheick Kongo via TKO (Punches) at 2:11 in the 1stRound
Ryan Bader Defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Benson Henderson Defeated Frankie Edgar via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46) (Henderson captures UFC lightweight title)
Fight of the Night:
Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Vaughan Lee ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Anthony Pettis ($65,000)
UFC president Dana White couldn’t confirm the attendance. However, the show was reportedly sold out.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan claimed White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta said Anthony Pettis is next in line for Henderson. However, White stated, “I think he’s gonna get it,” then took a ‘we’ll see’ stance because of the Jim Miller and Nate Diaz scrap scheduled for May 5th.
Rampage was not surprised he lost. The doctors told him not to take the fight, but he didn’t want to let his Japanese fans down.
He revealed a knee injury is what caused him to miss weight by five pounds and prevented him from having the training camp he wanted.
The 33-year-old Rampage isn’t ready to retire.
Anthony Pettis was pushing for a rematch against Henderson. Wants to settle their “unfinished business.”
White claimed Mark Hunt is in the heavyweight title mix.
White’s been pushing Edgar to drop to featherweight for a long time. He knows that a title fight against champ Jose Aldo would be fun.
White loved Tim Boetsch’s attitude in the last stanza. Fighters need to go “balls to the wall” when they’re down two rounds.
Edgar arrived to the presser with a severely swollen left eye. He was pushing for a rematch. “I’m not trying to shoot anyone out of what they deserve, but I had to do two immediate rematches. So what’s right?”
He is not thinking about dropping to the featherweight division right now.
Henderson is no bigger than the others he’s fought at 155 pounds.
White will award Mizugaki with his ‘win bonus’ despite dropping a controversial decision loss to Chris Cariaso.
Henderson was all smiles when he hit the podium. He is down to fight Edgar, Pettis, Jim Miler, Nate Diaz, whoever.
He wants to defend his title as much as Anderson Silva has, plus one.