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UFC 144: Main Card Results And Recap | Henderson Batters Edgar To Earn UFC Lightweight title


The UFC’s return trip to Japan has come and gone. For the first time ever the UFC put on a four-hour pay-per-view event featuring seven main card fights.

In the main event it was Ben Henderson who proved to be the better man and secured championship gold around his waist.

Your full main card recap and UFC 144 results are as follows:

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis:
The two men selected to open up the pay-per-view wasted no time getting things started. After a brief feeling out period it was Anthony Pettis who threw a high kick that founds its mark and landed shin to Chin knocking Lauzon out cold and forcing the ref to jump in and stop it.

Final result: Anthony Pettis def. Joe Lauzon via KO (headkick) Round 1, 1:21

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski:
After some strikes to start the fight, Hioki worked to his bread and butter and took the fight to the mat where he started dominating his opponent from side control. Using heavy hips and ground and pound he eventually took the back of a desperate Bart. From back mount he transitioned to armbar and it looked so deep but Bart powered out of it and returned his back to the mount where Hioki continued to deliver punishment. Dominant performance from Hioki in the first round.

Round two was all on the feel. Neither fighter really edged the other through the first four-minutes of the round. Surprisingly Hioki didn’t attempt to take the fight to the ground where he dominated in the first until the last 20 seconds of the frame. He not only made the attempt but succeeded in taking Bart down, but just briefly. Hard round to score, Hioki probably takes it with the takedown which was really the only significant action in this frame.

Third round opened up and it took Hioki all of 30 seconds to take the fight to the ground where he had so much success in the first round. Again, he is stayed heavy from side control and worked a very effective ground and pound assault. A desperate Palaszewski ended up giving his back to Hioki in an attempt to make something happen, but the Japanese fighter took advantage in the change of position, sunk both hooks in and really controlled Bart with dominant grappling. The round ends and the clear winner is Hioki.

Final Result: Hatsu Hioki def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami:
This fight opens and its clear Okami has the technical striking advantage. Using a solid lead jab Boetsch is already cut by the midway point of the first round. Tim made one takedown attempt in the round but Okami easily shrugged it off. By the time the bell rand Boetsch has cuts under both eyes and was obviously the more damaged fighter in a one-sided round dominated by the Japanese fighter with superior striking.

In the second round Okami continued to punish Boetsch with superior striking and then decided to clinch and trip Boetsch to the mat. Apparently Okami was not content with just dominating the stand up; he wanted to prove he could dominate this fight no matter the position. Okami took advantage of his dominant ground position and with 30 seconds left mounted his opponent and smashed him with punches until the bell rang.

In the third round, Boetsch came out like a bat out of hell and with relentless power punches knocked Okami out in the opening minute.

Final Result: Tim Boetsch def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) Round 3, 0:54

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields:
The first round of this fight is exactly as expected, Shields going for the takedowns and Akiyama wanting to keep it on the feet. After four-minutes little action to describe took place. After numerous takedown attempts by Shields it was Akiyama with a big Judo throw who was the first to get the fight to the mat with 30 seconds left. Hard round to judge as it was mostly just posturing for position.

Second round was much of the same. Akiyama really started to edge Shields in this round with harder and more frequent punches. Shields unable to take it to the ground but with a minute left Akiyama again throws Shields to the mat with his Judo base. The round ended with Shields attempting another takedown only to fall short. Another hard round to call, but you might give the advantage to Akiyama by this point, but no way can I commit to that, it’s really up to interpretation.

In round three Jake Shields comes out with blood dripping from his nose, but the third is much like the rest of the fight. By this point in the fight Jake has failed on twelve takedown attempts but regardless he is the aggressor in this fight. You could almost make the case for Shields as the victor just because he has dictated the pace. With fifty seconds left Jake finally succeeds with a takedown and quickly takes Akiyama’s back but fails to do anything with it. The bell sounds and I have no clue who wins this fight by this point.

Final Result: Jake Shields def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt:
As expected these two heavyweights go for heavy strikes right off the bat. After a brief feeling out period it was Hunt who showed why he won the K-1 World Grand Prix and knocked out Kongo within two minutes of the first round.

Final Result: Mark Hunt def. Cheick Kongo via TKO Round 1, 2:11

CO MAIN EVENT: Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson:
Rampage immediately takes the center of the cage and eggs Bader on to get it on with him. Oddly enough Rampage goes for the takedown first but it got stuffed and Bader forced him up against the cage where the action stalls out. Bader gave up position and Rampage again takes the center of the cage. Throughout the round Bader threw that big overhand right and Rampage pretty much kept his pace slow and methodical. Bader tried multiple takedown attempts to no avail and Rampage ended the round with a big flurry of punches. No real action of note in the first.

A minute into the first round Rampage Jackson delivered on his promise and he clinched Bader against the cage, picked him up and slammed him to the mat. Yes, it was “epically awesome.” Bader got up quickly the two exchanged punches but Rampage got overly aggressive and gave up a double leg takedown. After a brief stint on the ground Rampage worked his way back up to his feet, but Bader used a body lock to take him back down where the two ended the round.

The third round opened up with a feeling out process as expected but Bader quickly pushed Rampage up against the cage. Unable to take Rampage down Bader backs off and the two took back to the center of the cage. With three and a half minutes left Rampage powers through a double and drives Rampage down to the mat. Once on the ground Bader doesn’t do much and the crowd, if you can believe it, Boo for more action (In Japan that is rare). With a minute left Bader still stayed on top staying just active enough to not get the stand up. It’s not entertaining but it is effective. This fight ends on the ground, and it should be Bader with the win. It was a boring fight, but the wrestler did his job.

Final Result: Ryan Bader def. Quinton “Rampage” Jacksonvia unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN EVENT: Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson
This title fight opens up as to be expected, Edgar using speed and footwork constantly moving and Henderson trying to get a handle on the champs pace. Edgar successfully completed three takedown but Henderson was able to get right back up to his feet. Throughout the round it was Edgar engaging in the wrestling and Benson throwing big kicks. Due to takedowns you have to give the round to the champ, but it wasn’t really an impressive performance by either.

In the second round it was much of the same as the first. Ben Throwing lots of kicks, Edgar going for takedowns. The one notable item is that Edgars face is starting to show swelling from the cumulative damage delivered by Henderson. With a minute left Frankie takes Ben down and decided to take top position. Edgar postured up and Hendrson landed an upkick that dropped Edgar and immediately caused his nose to bleed like a stuck pig. It was another “epically amazing” moment. If there was more time in the round, the fight may have been over.

To enter the third Edgars face is damaged, Henderson looks completely fresh, no damage. Midway through this round Benson lands a takedown of his own, a brief stint of ground and pound and Edgar gets back to his feet. At this point Edgars eyes is almost swollen shit. Edgar ended the round with two consecutive takedowns of his own but it’s kind of hard to give him the round when he is so brutally beat up in the face. Who knows though…

As we enter the championship rounds, it’s important to stress the damaged face of Edgar and the untouched face of the challenger. No real action to open the round, the two trade strikers, Henderson sill dominating the kicking game and really dictating the pace. At the midway point Edgar shoots for a takedown but lands in a Henderson guillotine. It was really deep but Edgar did not tap. The two returned to their feet and its Henderson throwing kicks and doing his thing. 30 seconds left in the round and I give it to Henderson, he’s just delivering more damage and dictating the pace. I’d say at this point unless Edgar finishes the fight in the last round we have a new champ… Otherwise it’s a robbery. Just my opinion.

Ben starts the round yelling at the crowd to scream and get behind him, it’s almost surreal. Edgar successful on a few takedowns once again but it’s really hard to score them as Henderson just pops right back up. The two engage on the feet but Henderson is landing the more powerful shots. Frankie still bleeding profusely from his face. With 1:30 left Edgar lands a punch and Henderson falls to the mat, hard to tell if it was a slip or not, but Henderson looked completely unfazed. 30 seconds left and Henderson dances in the center of the cage, seems very confident but the two don’t engage. At the end of the last round, Edgar shoots for a takedown but Ben grans the neck again, ends up on top and drops elbows on the champs face until the bell sounds.

Final Result: Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46,48-47,49-46)

MAIN CARD: (Pay-per-view)
Benson Henderson def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46,48-47,49-46)
Ryan Bader def. Quinton “Rampage” Jacksonvia unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mark Hunt def. Cheick Kongo via TKO Round 1, 2:11
Jake Shields def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Tim Boetsch def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) Round 3, 0:54
Hatsu Hioki def. Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis def. Joe Lauzon via KO (headkick) Round 1, 1:21

PRELIMINARY CARD: (FX)
Takanori Gomi def. Eiji Mitsuok via (TKO ref stoppage) Round 2, 2:21
Vaughan Lee def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto via submission (armbar) Round 1, 4:29
Riki Fukuda def. Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27,30-27)
Chris Cariaso def. Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Issei Tamura def. Tiequan Zhang via KO Round 2, 0:32

Read More: UFC 144, Frankie Edgar (News), Benson Henderson (News)

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81 Comments to UFC 144: Main Card Results And Recap | Henderson Batters Edgar To Earn UFC Lightweight title

  1. Pijan says:

    I picked every single fight wrong…fuck.

  2. exit 8 says:

    I have to bring this up. What was in frankies hair at start of round 5. Then at the end of fight was gone. Could it be the Phil nurse special?

  3. Sweet game plan says:

    Bullshit!!! WTF is the UFC doing in Japan..Frankie won that easy…the same dam idiots that gave shields all 3 rounds…DAM IT!!!! Just cause Frankie is one who cuts easy.. That’s bullshit

  4. Artur says:

    “At this point Edgars eyes is almost swollen shit.” swollen shut** :)

  5. Furby8704 says:

    I had Edgar 3-2

  6. Cameron says:

    Awesome show for everyone that fought. However, Edgars’ eye wasn’t almost swollen shit, but swollen shut. 3rd paragraph, 3rd sentence lol.

  7. Sweet game plan says:

    When do you see a fighter catch another fighters kicks 22 out of 24 times …that’s almost impossible..I tell you these dam judges have a habit of freaking when they see blood..

    • Jason N says:

      Catching kicks doesn’t mean you won. Yoou know why he caught so many? Because hebderson knew edgar had nothing for him. Otherwise he would have stopped kicking. He was getting peppered with punches while holding him. Also a take down doesn’t mean anything unless you do something with it

    • I don't remember my name says:

      Yeah, he caught the kick and what? It was after the kick landed and Ben was doing more on that one leg than Frankie

    • jason says:

      seems to me that if Frankie stopped catching the kicks he would have been better off! lol. what good did catching the kicks do for him other than being the one being punched in the face, should be the other way around but I dont think Frankie had the reach for that.

  8. D.R. says:

    Bendo took this fight fairly easily. It’s easy to get caught up in the takedowns, but Bendo was delivering damage to Edgar like he was swinging a hammer in his face. Takedowns that result in the guy getting up in 5 seconds doesn’t win a round in my eyes. Not when the other guy looks like a train ran right through him. Bendo won this one easily, and I was betting on Edgar to retain.

    • Thurgood Jenkins says:

      Agreed. There was a lot of talk about takedowns and quick stand ups after Sonnen-Bisping. Someone on here said that a fighter should obviously gets points for a takedown, but if the other fighter gets right back up he should get points for that. And I think that’s how it should be and what happened here. I think Henderson and Edgar only spent a significant amount of time on the ground after two takedowns, well three if you count the one where Henderson caught him in the guillotine. The point is I think it is almost as difficult to get up from a takedown as it is to actually score a takedown. Thus, an immediate stand up after a takedown should cancel out the points received for the takedown.

      • D.R. says:

        I think that is very solid reasoning and I’d like to see it implemented in judging from now on. But then again, we all know how inconsistent MMA judging really is.

  9. ricardo says:

    Henderson landed 100 Frankie Edgar landed 98 (total strikes)
    Edgar 7 takedowns, Henderson 0
    Henderson 41 Edgar 44 (power strikes)
    IMO, Edgar won..
    although hendo had octagon control, edgar landed more shots,..
    they gave it to henderson, they shulda gave it to NICK too

  10. Thurgood Jenkins says:

    Exit, I saw that too. I figured he had a cut on his head and that was Vasoline, although I didn’t notice Edgar take any strikes to that region of the head.

    All in all, great card. The main event, fantastic. Exactly what I expected from Henderson and Edgar. I thought it was an extremely difficult fight to judge, but gave it to Henderson in the end. Gotta give that fight of the night.

    Obviously, Lee gets the submission of the night. But what about knockout? Pettis’s kick was unreal, but Tamura’s KO punch was just as beautiful. Dana’s gotta find some kinda bonus for Boetsch too. Great comeback. After the second, I thought he had no chance.

  11. true mma says:

    Ben won hands down…

  12. ricardo says:

    Holy shit they said Pettis is next in line, but but but,, will there be a rematch of edgar v hendo???
    We’ll see the conference

    • Pijan says:

      Damn I wish Lauzon would have won, he’s long due for a title shot. Oh well, should of seen the kick coming, specially coming from Pettis. Wishes don’t mean shit in MMA, you got to win, he’ll come back though, he’ll get his title shot eventually.

  13. Jason N says:

    Rematch? BENDO won easily.I still think the judges messed up. 2 rounds for edgar crazy.

  14. The natural says:

    I had Edgar adv every round even tho his performance lack luster but so was Hendersons
    He only landed that up kick on edgar the whole fight Wich did all the damage besides that neither did shit but Edgar def won every individual rd With strikes and take dwns while Henderson seemed like he won just because of damage in one kick

  15. Pijan says:

    From what I read Akiyama had that. 1-13 takedowns aren’t really winning numbers. Guess I’ll have to watch it for myself.

    • Sweet game plan says:

      I didn’t say Akiyama won.. I do think shields got it…all 3 judges had shields winning all 3, and that wasn’t right…

  16. Pijan says:

    Sucks the man that overthrew BJ and capped it with another win against him isn’t the champ anymore but Bendo seems like he has what it takes to make a good run. He got my respect, seems like an entertaining fighter, in the sport these days we need more of those.

  17. Serg says:

    I always say to be the the champ you have to beat the champ, bendo didn’t dominate. It was however a very close fight. The judges spoke and we have a new champ. Let’s see him defend it against Pettis again lol I say knock out

  18. ricardo says:

    bullshit decision. fuck “and new lightweight champ”

  19. the Prodigy says:

    to the people who think Edgar won… don’t you understand that fighting is about doing more damage to your opponent?? Ben landed more significant hits and went for submissions while completely controlling the pace of the fight. Edgar, delivered soft, meaningless hits, and while he did manage quite a few takedowns, did absolutely nothing once he got Ben down. Congrats to the NEW lightweight champ.

    • MOMO says:

      thank you now plz brake it down a lil slow for them cuse they must be low as hell to think Frankie won all he did was dance, get some TDs, and get the shit beat out of him in every way.

  20. E says:

    CONGRATS TO ALL VICTORIOUS!

    MAJOR CONGRATS TO BEN SMOOTH, GOMI, TIM BOETSCH, AND ANTHONY PETTIS!

  21. MOMO says:

    i was so discussed at Frankie trying to steal the decision its the only reason he is the champ fucking disgusting what he does. look at the first bj fight and the first Maynard fight he is a fucking peace of shit for thinking he could get his ass kicked and steal a fight like that.

    • Thurgood Jenkins says:

      I know it’s been a while, but I remember watching the first BJ fight and wondering how he won that too.

      • Jason N says:

        yeah when they said 50-45 i thought to myself it had to be BJ because i had BJ winning the first 2 no problem.

        • MOMO says:

          exactly look at the fights where most ppl think he lost he just gets on top of his BF and they dance in front of the judges and every one all of a sudden goes “o shit he must have won” the story of Frankie Edgar.

    • Jason N says:

      2nd maynard fight. And I agree. He thought he won because the judges usually give him more credit then he deserves. He is a tough dude though. Not sure he can be finished

    • E says:

      word i lost respect for frankie.

  22. Jpeech says:

    Great decision! I KNEW BENDO HAD IT! Edgar had nothing tonight always throws pillow punches

  23. Ben Henderdon says:

    Black Belt in Unanimous Decision Under GSP

  24. Jpeech says:

    Black belt in slapping the shit out of Edgar

  25. The King says:

    That little bastard sure does run a lot

  26. The King says:

    Edgar fans need to relax already. Don’t cry dry your eye

  27. TROLL GUY says:

    WE WANT REMATCH OR ELSE!!!

  28. Q says:

    I scored it 49-46 for Bendo

  29. jason says:

    batter is an accurate description of that fight. dont know why a bunch of people on twitter disagree

  30. jon says:

    Benson won, edgar just throw baby punches and kicks for points. benson made his face look like a chopping board

  31. Rob says:

    “At this point Edgars eyes is almost swollen shit”

    Poor Edgar. that sounds awful.

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      EDGAR GOT HIS ASS WHOOPED BIGTIME

      God I never would have taken Frankie for being such a whining pee hole. Some one needs to hand Frankie a mirror before they let him embarress himself anymore. My wife likes little Frankie cause he’s (USUALLY) a very nice resepctable kid but she said ther is no possible way he won that fight. What bothers me the most is seeing all the horrific damge Frankie has taken in his career. There is little doubt Frankie will be hvaing serious speach problems beforer age 40 and has taken 20 years off his life. Time for Frankie to droip tgo 145 and pray Aldo moves up

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      Frankie YOU LOST and your face tells the tale of what really happened. Frankie will regret the constant BRAIN TRAUMA he has been sustaining in EVERY FIGHT. Bendo was seconds from finsihing Frankie at end of at least 2 rounds with elbows and in dominat position.

  32. AK says:

    Called it in discussion thread Bendo vs Pettis 2..awesome fight

  33. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    I am so disappointed that all of my fight picks lost. Especially since Rampage and Frankie lost. 0-7 like the guy up top. I bet the odds makers are like wtf! How do you even bet on MMA when anything can happen? Even if a guy wins 100 fights he can still lose the next one. THERE IS NO MATH FOR MMA!

    • MOMO says:

      lol i called it 6-1 with page being to only let down no joke my friends hated me to day cuse we get uber competitive with our calls i was i rubbing it in there face i just wish i put money on it my friend pulled a 50 out for the okami fight but i was to nervous to take the bet now i regret it.

    • round house says:

      did you use any mma picks sites? or did you just go with you own expertise?

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        Nah, I mean I’ve read bleacher report and articles but bleacher is forever wrong. They always have it backwards. I am sure a majority of the people watching got a lot of the fights wrong. Pettis vs Lauzon surprised me too. How many fights did you get right?

    • Harmz King says:

      Yeah man I studied up on the odds for the main fights. Boetsch was paying $4 with Okami paying $1.30. Bader got up to $3 with Rampage around a $1.40 but Baders odds came down afer the weigh in. Hunt got past $3 as well with Kongo $1.30. Anything can, and will happen in MMA.

  34. RJ KANEAO says:

    Ben one that fight in every angle.. I think Edgar was exposed and that up kick sealed the deal.. Edgar still had his fancy foot work but it slowed down considerably.. And to me that’s what makes it seems like he’s doing a lot.. He looks busy! Proof is in the side by side shots of them after the fight! Absolutely no marks on Ben. He dictated where he wanted to be all around that cage in all 5 rounds. He was fighting off the middle most of the time. Genius in the direction of doing a stand-up kimura every single time Edgar tried to get on his back. But Edgar would have needed a step ladder. In all honesty I’m glad Henderson won I ain’t gonna lie. But if there was some kinda doubt in my mind that the decision was iffy I’d totally stay out of this. But “it is what it is” and Henerson is the new champ and deserves it. I thinky Edgar needs to go back and watch the fight and be honest with himself. Humility can only make you better and focus you more. Edgar fighting Aldo to me would be munch of the same results as tonight. But I would look for Aldo finishing him.. Aloha

  35. Mike McMack says:

    Frankie won the first and second. Ben won the final 3 rounds to take the belt. Thats how I saw it, the 2nd could have gone either way but the last 3 rounds were hands down Ben. How did you guys see it? I’d like to see a rematch for sure just not an immediate one.

    • Thurgood Jenkins says:

      I did give Edgar the first round. The striking was extremely close but he edged it out with the takedown. LIke you, I gave Henderson the last three. But I just watched the replay on PPV and now I give the second to Henderson as well. Similar to the first round, the striking was pretty close and Edgar got the takedown, but he did no damage. Plus, that upkick was brutal and Henderson did some damage after that right before the round ended. Nonetheless, a great fight. I was indecisive about buying the PPV too. My wife actually urged me to, and I’m glad she did. I’d definitely fork over the funds to see them go at it again.

  36. dlo' says:

    Before people use compute box numbers as a way to make theier argument they should really study the system first. Compute box numbers aren’t really that effective and do not really tell the tale of the fight. If I hit you in the shoulder with anything but a jab it’s considered to being a power shot regardless of how hard I actually I threw the shot, so when people try to use numbers to explain a fight it sometimes worry me because those numbers can’t always truly explain the way a fight really happened.

  37. Gabe418 says:

    Bendo new champ…49-46 looked right to me. Frankie did nothing, he’s getting closer and closer to getting knocked out. No gift decision here like BJ v Edgar 1

    • GET RID OF FITCH says:

      Gabe well said my man. right on the money. Edagr is use to getting the shit beat out of him while doing little or no damage to his opponent but then stealing away decsions. No Frankie got beat up real bad last night and it was obviosu by anyone that is not a total Edgar nuthugger who actually woin that fight EASILY. I had it 4-1 and round I gave Edgar was becaasue i have learned that pitter patter poimnt fighting is the waht judges consider “WINNING” these days. Edagr would have lsot every round in Pride

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