The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to Japan was a huge success, with MMA fighters like Ben Henderson, Mark Hunt and Tim Boetsch putting on impressive performances at UFC 144. Here are the results of the UFC 144 fight card, held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan:
Ben Henderson defeats Frankie Edgar
Both men put on an entertaining performance at UFC 144, keeping up a high pace throughout the fight. Edgar showed a lot of heart during the bout, but Henderson proved to be the better fighter, walking away with the unanimous decision and the UFC lightweight title.
Ryan Bader defeats Quinton Jackson
Bader stuck to his game plan at UFC 144, using his wrestling skills to dominate the fight. “Rampage” had some success in the second round – slamming Bader and stunning him momentarily. But he certainly didn’t do enough to impress the judges. All three Octagon-side judges scored the fight in favor of Bader.
Mark Hunt defeats Cheick Kongo
Hunt pulled off the upset at UFC 144, catching Kongo with a big right hook and following up with a few more punches. Referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight, a few minutes into the first round.
Jake Shields defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shields had a hard time getting Akiyama to the ground at UFC 144, but his striking looked significantly improved. Akiyama pulled off some beautiful judo throws and trips. But Shields was the more effective striker, outworking Akiyama and earning the unanimous decision.
Tim Boetsch defeats Yushin Okami
Okami dominated the first two rounds of their UFC 144 encounter, but Boetsch came out swinging in the final round, stunning Yushin with a head kick and following up with some big shots. Okami eventually collapsed under the pressure, forcing the referee to step in and rescue him.
Hatsu Hioki defeats Bart Palaszewski
Hioki looked impressive at UFC 144, completely neutralizing Palaszewski in the first round. Palaszewski tried to fight back in the latter rounds, but he had a hard time stopping Hioki’s takedowns. All three judges gave Hioki the nod.
Anthony Pettis defeats Joe Lauzon
After a brief feeling out period, Pettis planted a high kick on Lauzon’s chin. He followed up with a barrage of punches, forcing referee Marc Goddard to stop the bout.
Takanori Gomi defeats Eiji Mitsuoka (TKO, round two)
Vaughan Lee defeats Norifumi Yamamoto (armbar, round one)
Riki Fukuda defeats Steve Cantwell (unanimous decision)
Chris Cariaso defeats Takeya Mizugaki (unanimous decision)
Issei Tamura defeats Tiequan Zhang (KO, round two)