UFC 144

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UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
The poster for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateFebruary 26, 2012
VenueSaitama Super Arena
CitySaitama, Japan
Attendance21,000 (paid: 18,000)
Event chronology
UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 26, 2012 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.[2]


UFC 144 was held at the Saitama Super Arena in the Chūō-ku central ward of Saitama City in Saitama Prefecture. The sellout[3] event was held in the Super Arena's[4] Main Stage Center Arena configuration,[5][6] with a ticket cost of between ¥5,800 and ¥100,000 (ca. US$70 – US$1250).[4]


UFC 144 marked the UFC's fifth appearance in Japan, and the first event in Japan since UFC 29 in 2000. The UFC event featured seven fights on the main card.[7]

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.[8]

Leonard Garcia was expected to face Zhang Tiequan at this event, but was forced out of the bout with an injury.[9] Issei Tamura stepped in for Garcia and fought Zhang.[10]

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.[11]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Benson Henderson def Frankie Edgar (c) Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 48–47, 49–46) 5 5:00 [a]
Catchweight (211 lb) Ryan Bader def Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Mark Hunt def Cheick Kongo TKO (punches) 1 2:11
Welterweight Jake Shields def Yoshihiro Akiyama Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Tim Boetsch def Yushin Okami TKO (punches) 3 0:54
Featherweight Hatsu Hioki def Bart Palaszewski Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Anthony Pettis def Joe Lauzon KO (head kick and punches) 1 1:21
Preliminary card (FX)
Lightweight Takanori Gomi def Eiji Mitsuoka TKO (punches) 2 2:21
Bantamweight Vaughan Lee def Norifumi Yamamoto Submission (armbar) 1 4:29
Middleweight Riki Fukuda def Steve Cantwell Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Chris Cariaso def Takeya Mizugaki Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Facebook)
Featherweight Issei Tamura def Zhang Tiequan KO (punch) 2 0:32

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.[12]

  • Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson
  • Knockout of the Night: Anthony Pettis
  • Submission of the Night: Vaughan Lee

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UFC 144 early pay-per-view estimates reportedly at an impressive 375,000 buys". mmatorch.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
  2. ^ "UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2011-11-28.
  3. ^ Non, Sergio (26 February 2012). "Henderson outpoints Edgar, wins UFC title". USA Today. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b 2012年2月のイベント/UFC JAPAN(in Japanese)
  5. ^ メインアリーナ – センターステージ(in Japanese)
  6. ^ Facility information Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Nagatsuka, Kaz, "UFC hopes to shake up Japan fight scene", Japan Times, 28 February 2012, p. 15.
  8. ^ "Sotiropoulos Out; Eiji Mitsuoka Faces Takanori Gomi at UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  9. ^ "Leonard Garcia Injured and Out of UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  10. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (February 11, 2012). "With Leonard Garcia hurt, Tiequan Zhang meets newcomer Issei Tamura at UFC 144". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012.
  11. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (February 24, 2012). "UFC 144 Weigh-In Results: Rampage Jackson Misses Weight". mmafighting.com.
  12. ^ "UFC 144 bonuses: Pettis, Lee, Henderson and Edgar earn $65K awards". MMAjunkie.com. February 26, 2012. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012.