UFC 144 Results: Monday Morning Wrap-Up

UFC 144: Japan Poster by Anton Tabuena

Well UFC 144 is in the books and what an event it was! The UFC returned to Japan for the first time under Zuffa's ownership and Dana White's management and put on a hell of a show for a sold-out Saitama Super Arena full of 20,000 Japanese fans. The Japanese audience was all class as usual -- quiet as a mouse most of the time, then erupting in roars to show their appreciation for skill, heart and technique.

Newly crowned lightweight champ Ben Henderson took a unanimous decision, but not without some controversy as Dana and Silva thought Frankie should've won. The judges disagreed and Henderson takes the belt home from Japan.

He's likely to have to face his old WEC rival Anthony Pettis in his first defense after Pettis made short work of Joe Lauzon. Heavyweight Mark Hunt continued his improbable rise with a KO of Cheick Kongo.

Hatsu Hioki notched a big win that has him in the featherweight title hunt and Takanori Gomi came back to get a KO. Kid Yamamoto and Yushin Okami both were finished in their fights and Yoshihiro Akiyama dropped a decision to Jake Shields.

Without futher ado, here's Bloody Elbow's coverage of the event:

The Event

Analysis

Multi-Media

Aftermath

SBN coverage of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

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