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‘UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson’: Extended Video Preview

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This weekend, the UFC returns to Japan with a lightweight title fight, the homecoming of a gaijin PRIDE legend, and a whole lot of local talent. In the main event, Frankie Edgar follows up his astounding comeback win over Gray Maynard at UFC 136 with his latest title defense against former WEC champ Ben Henderson, whose rebirth in the UFC has included decision wins over top-ranked lightweights Jim Miller and Clay Guida.

Plus, Rampage Jackson looks to put on another great show for his Japanese fans against Ryan Bader, despite the fact that the Japanese used to poison his food. Meanwhile, a loss to Rampage would put Bader in a position where “his entire mixed martial arts career is in jeopardy,” according to Joe Rogan, who might be exaggerating a little bit.

UFC 144 will feature seven fights on the main pay-per-view card, following a four-fight prelims broadcast on FX. The full lineup is after the jump in case you need it; be sure to come back to on Saturday evening for our play-by-play coverage of the whole shebang.

PPV Main Card
Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson [for UFC lightweight championship]
Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader [LHW]
Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo [HW]
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields [WW]
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch [MW]
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski [FW]
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon [LW]

FX Preliminary Card
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka [LW]
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee [BW]
Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell [MW]
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso [BW]

Facebook Prelim
Zhang Tiequan vs. Issei Tamura [FW]

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rony120- February 25, 2012 at 11:02 am
Watch Edgar vs Henderson Live Streaming HD UFC® 144 Live Online PC Coeverage
wisevid10- February 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm
wisevid10- February 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm


We can watch online...
Sopapo- February 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Mark Hunt will KO kongo mark my words.
Besona nd frankie fight of the night for sure. We might have both fights awarded thou, the pettis and lauzon fot fotn.
RearNakedSpoon- February 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm
It's going to be crazy having a silent crowd for a UFC, might throw some fighters off a little.
The12ozCurls- February 21, 2012 at 9:14 am
Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson or Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon are both fight of the year contenders - really looking forward to this card.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 21, 2012 at 7:43 am
Still got Bendo by decision. An obvious decision though. Rampage or Bader, I really couldn't care less about. Although, I will say Bader because he cares about being more diverse in his game and Rampage has zero heart left for MMA.