UFC 144 Results Recap: Frankie Edgar Vs. Ben Henderson

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In the main event of UFC 144, Ben Henderson claimed the UFC lightweight title with a thrilling unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar. Two judges had it 49-46, the other 48-47 for Henderson. Every round was close, and fans remain divided over who truly deserved the nod. Henderson managed to close Edgar's eye and damage his nose, but Edgar never stopping coming until the final bell.

Edgar won the first round by landing more shots and tossing Henderson to the mat on three different occasions, but it wasn't a blowout by any means. Henderson turned it out and outstruck Edgar over the next three rounds, despite having a lot of his kicks caught by Edgar. He landed a major upkick at the end of the second that had blood pouring out of a cut and out of Frankie's nose, and was able to get up immediately after being taken down. Henderson had Edgar in a tight guillotine in the fourth, but couldn't get the finish. The fight ended with the same pace it started with, and the fifth round might have been the closest of the fight. Nonetheless, Henderson prevailed.

What was the high spot of this fight?

The end of the second round. Henderson was doing well until he was taken down by Edgar, but Ben landed a huge upkick late and ended the round on top, firing away.

Where do these guys go from here?

Henderson is now the improbable champ, just 14 months after eating a Showtime kick and losing his WEC lightweight title in the last fight the organization ever promoted. While not confirmed at this point, it seems that Henderson will be facing a familiar foe in his first title defense - Anthony Pettis, the man that took his WEC belt. Unless Edgar is granted a rematch, this is almost surely what we'll see some time in the summer.

Edgar is being hounded by everyone and their dog to drop down to featherweight and go after Jose Aldo, but his manager says that isn't in the cards right now. If there's no rematch, he could face the winner of the Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz matchup at UFC on Versus 3, but a bout with Clay Guida could be a very good comeback fight for the former champ.

Watch it now, later or never?

Now. This is one the most closely-contested title fights you're ever going to come across, and was full of action and drama. Absolute must watch.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 144 in the full entry.

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