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As with every major show, Bloody Elbow will be here to bring you live results, play by play and commentary for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. Our live coverage will start with the one fight on the Facebook prelim stream (roughly 7:30 p.m. ET) to the prelim card on FX (8 p.m. ET) and through the PPV main card (10 p.m. ET) so make sure to make Bloody Elbow your home for this event. And don't forget! Tonight's pay-per-view is four hours instead of the standard three.
This post will cover live results and thoughts for the pay-per-view main card. Our live coverage of the undercard can be read here.
Four hour main card means seven bouts instead of the standard five, so we're in for a long night. The main event sees UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar step into the cage to defend his title against Ben Henderson. A 211 pound catchweight fight takes place between Quinton Jackson and Ryan Bader in the co-main event slot after Jackson missed weight last night. Heavyweights Mark Hunt and Cheick Kongo will slug it out on the main card following a welterweight bout between Jake Shields and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Middleweight contender Yushin Okami takes on Tim Boetsch on the card. Rounding things out is a featherweight bout between Hatsu Hioki and Bart Palaszewski and a lightweight fight between Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon.
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Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon - Round 1 - High kick by Pettis is blocked by Lauzon. Lauzon tries to throw a combo, Pettis flurries back at him. Pettis keeps flurrying and keeping Lauzon off balance a little, even if he's not quite getting in clean yet. Head kick by Pettis flattens Lauzon, a flurry of punches and it's over. Huge left head kick by Pettis. Anthony Pettis wins by KO (head kick and punches), 1:21 of round 1.
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski - Round 1 - Both men jab and Hioki lands hard and Bart briefly goes down to his butt and bounces right back up. Leg kick by Bart and Hioki keeps working the lead hand. Right hand by Hioki now. Hioki's jab is working very well. Hioki manages to get the takedown and quickly passes to side control. Hioki just pounding away with punches here and now dropping some elbows. Bart gives up his back to try to get out of trouble but gives up his back which turns into an armbar. Bart gets out, Hioki uses an omoplata to drag him back down. So good. Hioki can't finish him but he trucked him that round. 10-8 Hioki.
Round 2 - Hioki comes out using his length still to keep Palaszewski off balance. Right hand gets in for Bart now. Head kick by Hioki grazes Bart. Hioki just misses the head kick, throws it again and it's blocked. Less dominant round for Hioki now but he's still doing enough to keep a lead. Nice combination finished with a leg kick by Bart and Hioki lands a kick to the cup and Bart says he's fine with no pause in the action. Now Bart lands a low blow with a kick. Bart gets a right hand going and a leg kick. He's looking much better as the round wears on. Nice combo by Bart. Hioki goes for the takedown and ends up almost taking the back as the round ends. Bart won that 10-9 in my eyes.
Round 3 - Hioki pushes in and looks to lock up against the cage. He gets the trip takedown and Bart is going to need to get to his feet if he wants a chance here. Hioki opening up with some punches now and passes to side control. Hioki tries for the mount but Bart locks up the half guard. Hioki passes to side control again. Hioki ends up taking the back. Bart defending the choke so far. The round ends and it's 10-9 Hioki and he clearly won that fight with a great performance.
Official Scorecards: 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. Hatsu Hioki wins by unanimous decision.
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami - Round 1 - Boetsch with a low kick and now they're both trying to find range. Right hand by Boetsch. Big right again by Boetsch. Okami with a nice straight left. Hard jab by Okami. Okami just so crisp with that jab here. Right hand by Boetsch. Okami just tagging him here and, even though Boetsch is landing occasionally, Okami is so solid here. Head kick by Okami hits with the toes, just missing the shin. Body kick by Boetsch. Another jab. Boetsch gets in with a right hand an a left hook. 10-9 Okami. Very good round for him.
Round 2 - More of the same early. Hard, straight punches by Okami and now he pushes Boetsch into the cage. Okami is trying for a takedown but Tim is defending well so far. Okami switches to a double and gets the takedown. Boetsch is looking for a guillotine. Boetsch has to give it up eventually and Okami is on top now in Tim's half guard. Okami passes and uses a kimura attempt to end up in full mount. Okami opening up with big shots and tries for an arm triangle but he can't finish it. Good lord, Okami looks great. 10-9 Okami.
Round 3 - Boetsch trying to make something happen and he does manage to land a right hand. Another big right and Okami's legs are hurt. Boetsch is chasing him and had him badly hurt. Uppercut after uppercut and Okami is out! OH MY GOD! TIM BOETSCH YOU BEAUTIFUL MAN! YES! Tim Boetsch wins by KO (punches), 0:54 of round 3.
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields - Round 1 - Shields tries to clinch up and then throws a right hand but can't get it down. Body kick by Shields and a right hand. Shields shoots in and grabs a leg. Shields really working for the single leg. He can't get the takedown though. Shields with another right. Shields keeps on shooting and now throws a ew body kicks. Right hand and another body kick by Shields. Shields keeps looking for that takedown. Shot to the cup with a knee by Shields. Shields now has the back standing. He can't keep it though. Shiels keeps throwing the jab and kicks. Shields isn't pretty in the stand-up but he's still winning the round without getting it down. Takedown by Akiyama but Shields bounces right back up. 10-9 Shields.
Round 2 - Akiyama with a right hand. Shields with a jab. Shields lands a right hand in the clinch. Spinning backfist by Akiyama. Shields with a deep shot and Akiyama defends. Jab by Akiyama, Shields with a leg kick and a right hand. The commentary for this fight has been unbelievably bad, by the way. Shields keeps landing in the clinch. Shields keeps landing punches (punch stats were 52-19 in his favor a few minutes ago) and Rogan keeps ignoring it. Two punches by Shields. Akiyama with a nice throw but Shields bounces right back up. Shields has the back standing again. 10-9 Shields again, although listening to Rogan you'd think that Akiyama was running away with it.
Round 3 - More of the same as Shields peppers away while Akiyama tries to land single big punches. Uppercut by Akiyama landed solid. Shields can't get the takedown again. Akiyama has him against the cage and is digging to the body. Shields finally briefly had a takedown but it didn't last for more than a second before Akiyama stood up. Shields has him pushed into the cage. They're restarted with a little over a minute. Jab by Shields and a right hand. Shields with a takedown and he had the right hand. Akiyama grabbed the fence blatantly to avoid takedowns twice. Shields ends up taking the back and getting it to the ground. He's trying to attack but time is going to run out. The fight ends with him looking to lock in the choke. 10-9 Shields gives him 30-27 on my card.
Official Scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Jake Shields wins by unanimous decision.
Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo - Round 1 - Leg kick by Hunt and he slips to the ground. Kongo chases and puts him in the cage, Hunt turns him and they eventually go back to distance. Kongo with a jab. Hunt is trying to sit down on the right hand. Big shot lands by Hunt and Kongo drops for a second but gets back up. That was a hard left hand. Big right by Hunt and Kongo is hurt and trying to get away but Hunt lands a series of shots and Kongo drops! Boom! It's over! Mark Hunt wins by TKO (punches), 2:11 of round 1.
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson - Round 1 - Rampage came out to the PRIDE theme and looks motivated (for a guy who missed weight badly) and taunts Bader for backing away. Bader clinches up with him and is trying for the takedown. Rampage defends capably. Bader just misses with a wild overhand right. Bader with a few leg kicks Bader circling away and wings another right hand that misses but he clinches up again. Jackson defending the takedown well again. Rampage with an elbow in the clinch and back to distance they go. Leg kick by Bader. Bader pushing forward for the takedown again, pushing Jackson back into the cage. Bader with a knee and Jackson puts a hand on the mat to avoid any more. Left hook by Rampage at the end of the round and a body shot. 10-9 Bader.
Round 2 - Bader with a right hand and Jackson tried to land a big counter but missed. Bader is just too quick here and Jackson does not look good at all. Big slam by Rampage dumps Bader on his head! and now a knee as he stands up and misses a punch. Kick to the body. That was a brief moment of vintage Rampage. Bader gets the takedown though. Bader working a bit, Rampage gets up, Bader slams him back down and has the back. Bader landing right hands. 10-9 Bader again.
Round 3 - Bader pushes Rampage right into the cage. Rampage just looks awful so far tonight beyond that brief moment around the slam. Bader with another takedown. Bader just kneeing away to the body. Not much happens the rest of the round but Bader controlling things. 10-9 Bader.
Official scorecards: 30-27 across the board. Ryan Bader wins by unanimous decision.
UFC Lightweight Championship: Frankie Edgar (c) vs. Ben Henderson - Round 1 - Leg kick by Edgar is the first strike to land in the fight. Henderson with a kick and Edgar holds his leg so Henderson tries to throw a jumping spin kick thing. Superman punch and a right kick by Henderson but it caught Edgar a little bit low. Henderson with another kick that Edgar catches and he lands a kick to the leg. He catches the kick again. Body kick by Henderson and a knee to the body. Edgar is catching every one of Henderson's body kicks. Edgar with a brief takedown but Henderson bounces right back up. Body kicks landing for Henderson, Edgar misses a spinning backfist. Interesting first round, close but I'd go 10-9 Edgar.
Round 2 - Henderson trying to get his timing going a bit better, Edgar is landing leg kicks and circling away. Edgar catches another kick so Edgar starts firing punches at him and Edgar fires back. Another leg kick by Edgar and a hard lead right by Henderson. Henderson with a left and a hard knee to the body. Edgar with a nice combination and he misses a spinning backfist. Henderson with another knee to the body. Edgar with a takedown and he has a front headlock. Henderson is starting to target Edgar's damaged left eye. Henderson just misses a knee. Nice combination by Edgar, now Henderson fires back with one of his own. Edgar with another takedown. Henderson has full guard. Edgar landing some hammerfists. Henderson throwing his legs up but can't find anything. Huge upkick by Henderson hurts Edgar and he pounces with ground and pound while the round ends. Edgar is gushing blood. 10-9 Henderson.
Round 3 - Hard body kick by Edgar. Edgar is still bleeding badly from his nose. Nice right hand by Edgar after he missed a takedown attempt. Knee to the body and a big right hand by Edgar, Henderson with a right of his own. Right hand by Edgar again. Henderson had his back and then used that to take Edgar down. Big right hands by Henderson before Edgar gets up. Edgar with another right hand. Jab by Henderson. Nice combo by Edgar in return. Leg kick by Edgar now and he's having a very good comeback round here. Hard kick by Henderson. Edgar with a big takedown at the end of the round. 10-9 Edgar.
Round 4 - Nice right hand by Henderson about a minute into the round. Accidental low blow on a kick by Henderson. Henderson is trying to sit down on his punches a bit more but Edgar with a right hand. Edgar with a good takedown but right into a guillotine. Henderson couldn't finish the choke though and now Edgar is on top. Henderson manages to get up. Knee lands for Henderson after Edgar caught another one of his kicks. Right hand by Henderson lands hard. 10-9 Henderson makes it even going into the final round on my card.
Round 5 - Both men landing hard early, Edgar still gushing blood. Big uppercut by Edgar. Huge left by Edgar hurt Henderson briefly but he appears to be fine now. Another right by Edgar. Edgar trips him down and almost has the back but Henderson stands up and uses a kimura threat to make Edgar let go. Nice right hand by Henderson in a brief exchange. Right hand by Edgar puts Henderson on his back, think it was more of a balance knockdown than it rocked him, but still. Edgar keeps making just enough happen to seem to be pulling away here. Jumping knee by Henderson and a guillotine attempt and he throws Edgar to the mat and lands elbows as the round ends. 10-9 Edgar on my card makes it 48-47 Edgar.
Official Score Cards: 49-48, 48-47, 49-48 for the NEW UFC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION BENSON HENDERSON