UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson was an MMA event held by the UFC on Sunday, February 26, 2012 (Aus time) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The event marked the UFC’s first event in Japan since UFC 29. The main even featured seven fights on the main card with the expected run time of the PPV increasing to four hours compared to the typical three hours.
George Sotiropoulos was expected to face Takanori Gomi at this event, but was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Eiji Mitsuoka.
At the UFC 144 weigh ins, Quinton Jackson failed to make the 206 lb weight limit and came in 5 lbs overweight at 211 lbs. Jackson was fined 20 percent of his earnings and the bout was contested at a catchweight of 211 lb.
Here are the full results from the event:
Zhang Tiequan vs. Issei Tamura
Tamura defeated Zhang via KO (punch) at 0:32 of round 2.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
Fukuda defeated Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
Lee defeated Yamamoto via submission (armbar) at 4:29 of round 1.
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) at 2:21 of round 2.
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
Pettis defeated Lauzon via KO (head kick & punches) at 1:21 of round 1.
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Boetsch defeated Okami via TKO (punches) at 0:54 of round 3.
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Shields defeated Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
Hunt defeated Kongo via TKO (punches) at 2:11 of round 1.
Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Bader defeated Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
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.