The heads back to Japan for the first time in 12 years to decide who is the undisputed UFC Lightweight champion of the world!
The traditional home of martial arts, Japan has seen three UFC events on its shores with the last being UFC 29 in December of 2000.
Now it’s back bigger and badder than ever with one of the most stacked cards that the UFC has put together this year.
Headlining the fight will be a great battle between current UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and former WEC Lightweight champion Ben Henderson. This is the unifying fight that the fans of been screaming for!
But the action doesn’t end there, also on the card will be some of the biggest hitters in the UFC as Rampage Jackson takes on Ryan Bader and Mark Hunt takes on Cheick Kongo.
Main Fight Breakdown
- Edgar: I don’t feel like we’ve seen a lot of Edgar in his past four fights as he has only had two different opponents in those fights. Still, he’s faced top-notch opponents recently and has put in quality performances. His wrestling skills are undeniable and he matches it with great BJJ.
- Henderson: An amazing grappler and athlete who has athleticism that is the envy of many fighters. The guy has worked damn hard to get where he is and his taekwondo skills bring something different to the fights that can catch many unaware.
- Bottom line: This is tough to call as it’s a fight between two fighters who are really at the top of their game. We feel Edgar has the advantage due to the absolute quality opposition he’s been facing recently. Edgar to win by points.
Current fight odds
Official Pre Fight Interview Video
Here’s the pre fight interview video for UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson
How To Watch
This event will be shown live on Main Event at the following times:
Full Fight Card
Here’s the full fight card for UFC 144:
- Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Ben Henderson
- Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
- Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
- Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
- Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
- Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
- Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
- Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
- Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
- Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
- Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
- Zhang Tiequan vs. Issei Tamura
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