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UFC 144 headliner named event’s Fight of the Night

The main event at UFC 144 between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson did the UFC’s return to Japan proud after the two talented lightweights battled for the belt in a bout ultimately named the event’s Fight of the Night. Henderson narrowly outpointed Edgar after doing more damage throughout their twenty-five minute match-up.

Both men were awarded $65,000 for their performances. The bonuses as well as the amounts were announced at the post-event press conference.

Though Henderson’s win capped the evening off properly, lightweight Anthony Pettis started the PPV out on a high note by scoring a Knockout of the Night winning head-kick against apt adversary Joe Lauzon. He too won $65,000 and is rumored to be receiving the first shot at the newly crowned lightweight champion.

Finally, $65,000 and Submission of the Night went Vaughan Lee after weathering an early storm from Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto before locking in an Armbar and tapping the Japanese icon out for the first time in his storied career.


  • Lord Faust says:

    I hope Tim Boestch got one of those fabled locker room bonuses. He easily should’ve gotten co-KO of the Night.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    No. Pettis, Hunt then Tim.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    wtf no bonus for boestch is BS

  • Dufresne says:

    Just got to watch the fights. The card played out pretty close to how it appeared on paper. Some good technical bouts, a few good highlights, and one submission. Overall I’d say it was a fairly average card, not too exciting, but definitely not boring.

    I personally thought Mizugaki won that decision, but Cariaso was very active off his back and he did land some good shots throughout the fight so I’m not surprised by the decision.

    Cantwell started out well, but the moment Fukuda started swinging back it looked like Cantwell went straight into survival mode. Cantwell has the physical tools to be a very good mixed martial artist, but I don’t think he’s got the mental game to make it off the lower tier.

    Yamamoto just can’t live up to the hype he built up before joining the UFC. He clipped Lee and swarmed for the finish, but he didn’t change up his punches and Lee defended very well. Great job by Lee. I wouldn’t be shocked if Yamamoto gets one more fight in the UFC due to his popularity and exciting style, but in all honesty he probably deserves a pink slip.

    Both Gomi and Mitsuoka should be embarrassed by their cardio. Both fighters had their hands on their legs early in the 2nd round, and I don’t care how fast paced the first round was, that’s unacceptable. Good rally and win for Gomi, but not a good fight for either fighter.

    Nasty kick by Pettis, definitely deserved KO of the night.

    I guess I underestimated Hioki based on his last performance. He looked a hell of a lot better against Bartimus than he did against Roop. Palaszewski put up a decent fight, but Hioki earned a clean cut win and I wouldn’t be surprised if they slot him against Aldo in the near future.

    Great rally by Boetsch. I wanted Boetsch to win but I really expected him to be overpowered by Okami in route to a UD loss, and after 2 rounds it looked like I was right. But then Boetsch turned into “The Barbarian” throwing caution to the wind and brought the pain. If Edgar/Henderson weren’t on this card it would have won FotN hands down.

    Good fight between Shields and Akiyama . I figured Akiyama’s first fight at WW would have him struggling more in the cardio department, but he did pretty well for such a grueling close-in fight. Good call by the judges.

    Hunt throws like he’s got bricks in his hands and you insulted his mother. Beautifully timed counter left to rattle Cheick early. He also managed to avoid leaving himself open to a counter like Barry did when he fought Cheick and got himself a quick paycheck.

    I’m not sure what Jackson’s injury was that contributed to him missing weight, but it’s obvious it affected his cardio. Good game plan by Bader and a good bounce back from an embarrassing loss. Rampage needs to either get focused or head back to Hollywood.

    What the hell does Edgar eat? He’s got some of the best cardio in any weight class in MMA and he can take a ton of damage without it seeming to affect him at all. I picked Henderson to win this one, but at the end I actually had it scored 48-47 for Edgar. And as good as that fight was, please, please, please don’t make an immediate rematch. I’d love to see them fight again in the future, but his logjam in the LW division is getting ridiculous.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    just going back to what you said about Fukuda swinging back Dufresne, at the begining of the fight Joe Rogan said this was a classic grappler vs striker match up, and i thought what? Joe you obviously never seen riki Fukuda fight! great performance

    absolutely puzzled as to why Akiyama didnt throw any punches in that fight, some awesome judo trips but it was like an exhibition match


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