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UFC 144 Play By Play – Benson Henderson Vs. Frankie Edgar

In the two big early fights, Kid Yamamoto was tapped out by Vaughan Lee in the first round and Takanori Gomi knocked out Eiji Mitsuoka. I didn’t see it, but it sounds like the building exploded when Gomi put him away.

1. Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Well, the show started with some electricity. Lauzon must’ve been looking for something other than a high kick because Pettis drilled him with one and he went down hard. Pettis followed up with punches and it was over.

Winner: Anthony Pettis by way of 1st round TKO

2. Bart Palaszewski vs. Hatsu Hioki

Hioki was amazing, but so was Palaszewski. Hioki knocked him down early, but it was the submission game that had Palaszewski near close to being finished. Hioki went triangle to arm bar, to arm bar again and it looked like Palaszewski’s arm was going to snap, but he stayed calm and was able to get on top of Hioki. Has to be 10-8.

Much better round for Palaszewski. He was kicking and moving, staying away from being taken down. He and Hioki traded strikes and Hioki went for a takedown, didn’t get it, but moved to the back before the round ended.

Hioki got a strong-man takedown and went right to the ground and pound and much of it from side control. Palaszewski turned over and Hioki immediately got his back. Palaszewski fought the rear naked choke even with Hioki’s body triangle. Palaszewski survived. Really good fight.

Winner: Hatsu Hioki

The scores were 30-27, 29-28, and 30-28

3. Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami

Okami looked good. He was aggressive with both his hands and his feet. He looked long and and was on target with his strikes. Boestch was able to get inside late in the round, which is what he’s going to have to do to win the fight. Okami’s round.

When Boetsch is able to get inside, Okami answers with a nasty knee to the body. Boetsch had a guillotine sunk in, but he was on his back, so once Okami got out, he was on top and maneuvered into the mount. He looked for a submission, but ended the round with punches on the top. I can get into this version of Okami.

Boetsch just lambasted Okami and finished him. Amazing.

Winner: Tim Boetsch by way of 3rd round TKO

4. Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Good round for both. Shields’ stand-up is so stiff, but he was landing punches with both hands. He had Akiyama up against the cage and tried to take him down and had him in back suplex position, but Akiyama went out the back door. Shields knocked his mouthpiece out. Akiyama got a takedown late. Close round.

Another strong round for both. It was close to even on the feet, but Akiyama got a sweet judo throw at the end of the round. I think the fight is even going into the third.

Akiyama ran out of steam. Shields worked so hard for the takedown and eventually got it twice. Akiyama held on to the fence twice, but wasn’t docked a point, even after an early warning. He had his back at the end of the round. I think Shields got the third and the fight.

Winner: Jake Shields by way of unanimous decision

5. Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt

Hot damn! Mark Hunt knocked out Kongo. But more impressively, he jumped on the top of the cage!

Winner: Mark Hunt by 1st round TKO

6. Ryan Bader vs. Rampage Jackson

Rampage looks soft. He’s probably the heaviest he’s ever fought. Bader landed two overhand rights, but one glanced. Rampage started to find his range late in the round. Both guys look tired.

Rampage slammed him right on top of his head. Bader looked woozy, but Rampage couldn’t follow up. Bader got a takedown on Rampage and now both guys are resting. Rampage got up, but Bader slammed him right down again.

They replayed the slam and Rampage nearly spiked him on the top of his head. Bader got another takedown and it looks like Rampage is fine being on his back. Not a lot of fight in him to get back up. Rampage just couldn’t get back up. He ends the fight on his back staring at the lights.

Winner: Ryan Bader by unanimous decision

All the scores were 30-27.

7. Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar

It was kicks against punches. Edgar caught many of Henderson’s kicks, but couldn’t answer. Edgar has some swelling on his eye lid and right below his left eye. Edgar closed the round very well and I’d give him the first round.

Wow. Henderson’s round all the way. He landed an upkick that knocked Edgar woozy near the end of the round. Edgar was bleeding a gusher.

Strong round for both and Edgar may have nabbed the round with a late takedown. His striking was crisp as he landed a great 1-2-3 combination. Henderson landed some kicks as well. Edgar’s left eye is nearly closed.

Edgar’s striking is so fun to watch. When boxers say that MMA fighters can’t box (and it’s generally true), they need to watch Frankie Edgar. Henderson pulled guard with a guillotine and it looked pretty deep, but Edgar got out. This was a damn close round. I think I’d give it slightly to Henderson.

They closed strong. Edgar took the first half of the round and Henderson took the second half. The fifth round was a toss up for me, but I’ll take Edgar by a hair.

Winner: Ben Henderson by way of unanimous decision

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