Ben Henderson beats Frankie Edgar

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TOKYO, Japan (TheSpread) – UFC 144 marked the organization’s return to Japan, and the card provided a number of highlights, including a new champion.

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In Saturday’s main event, Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision to win the UFC Lightweight Championship. The two had a very competitive fight, but Henderson dictated the fight with his kicks and strength in grappling. Edgar looked far worse at the end of the 25 minutes and the judges felt Henderson did enough to win the championship. According to oddsmakers, Henderson was an even money bet to win the fight, meaning a $100 wager on him to win will pay out an additional $100.

In the co-main event, Ryan Bader pulled off a major upset, beating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision. Bader really dominated the fight, scoring three key takedowns and landing a series of overhand rights. Bader also survived a big slam from Jackson in the second round and never looked startled. Bader came into the fight as the underdog, as he had a money line of +195 to beat Rampage, meaning a $100 wager on Bader to win will payout an additional $195.

For complete results from the main card of UFC 144, see below.

UFC 144 Main Card Results

Ben Henderson (+100) def. Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision to win the lightweight championship

Ryan Bader (+195) def. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision

Mark Hunt (+225) def. Cheick Kongo by first round TKO (2:11)

Jake Shields (-315) def. Yoshihiro Akiyama by unanimous decision

Tim Boetsch (+265) def. Yushin Okami be third round TKO (0:54)

Hatsu Hioki (-170) def. Bart Palaszewski by unanimous decision

Anthony Pettis (-275) def. Joe Lauzon by first round KO (1:21)

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