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Posted on February 26, 2012 by John Petit
UFC 144 took place Saturday Night, Sunday morning in Saitama Arena in Tokyo Japan in front of a sold out crowd. It was a big night for the UFC, as it was their first time back on Japan soil with the current management, and it was the first time back in more than ten years. The crowd was treated to a five round lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson, and it was Henderson who unseated the former champion by unanimous decision. In the co-main event it was former Pride champion, and all around popular in Japan, Quinton Jackson who lost to Ryan Bader by decision. Jackson missed weight yesterday, and said he was injured going into the fight. That said, It was Bader who outpointed him to win the bout.
While the main event fight between Henderson and Edgar took home the fight of the night bonus, the submission of the night went to Vaughn Lee for his arm bar win over Kid Yammamoto and Anthony Pettis took his knock out of the night bonus for his head kick KO over Joe Lauzon. Each fighter is getting an extra $65,000. Below are the full results for the card.
Lightweight Championship bout: Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Ben Henderson Henderson defeated Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46) to become the new UFC Lightweight Champion
Catchweight (211 lb) bout: Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader Bader defeated Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Heavyweight bout: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo Hunt defeated Kongo via TKO (punches) at 2:11 of round 1
Welterweight bout: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields Shields defeated Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Middleweight bout: Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch Boetsch defeated Okami via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round 3
Featherweight bout: Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Lightweight bout: Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon Pettis defeated Lauzon via KO (head kick & punches) at 1:21 of round 1
Preliminary Bouts: Lightweight bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) at 2:21 of round 2
Bantamweight bout: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee Lee defeated Yamamoto via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of round 1
Middleweight bout: Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell Fukuda defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight bout: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Featherweight bout: Zhang Tiequan vs. Issei Tamura Tamura defeated Zhang via KO (punch) at 0:32 of round 2