UFC 144 Results: Fight Night Bonus Recap

G DAnalyst IIIMarch 31, 2017

After seven historical main card bouts along with an additional five spectacular preliminary fights, the world of mixed martial arts got to witness one of the greatest evenings in UFC history.

Fans in every corner of the world witnessed the coming of a new champion, unexpected knockouts and even a mind-boggling submission.

With UFC 144 on the shelf, the UFC will look to make some noise in their upcoming event when they travel to Sydney, Australia for UFC on FX 2.

However, before we do so, let's take a look at the fight night bonuses given out by UFC President Dana White.

In an unexpected turn of events, Japan's finest Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto found himself returning to old form as he attacked fellow bantamweight Vaughan Lee with a series of strikes.

But, Lee would survive the storm and push action into the depths of the first frame.

Then, with just 31 seconds remaining in Round 1, Lee caused Yamamoto to tap as he secured an extremely tight armbar, allowing him to take home 'Submission of the Night' honors.

Just two fights later, the UFC went live on pay-per-view as the Japanese crowd was about to get their monies worth in a dominating performance by lightweight, Anthony Pettis.

After a minute had clicked off the opening clock, Pettis dropped his opponent Joe Lauzon with a vicious head-kick followed by a storm of punches.

The bout was stopped at 1:21 of the very first round allowing Pettis to take home an additional $65,000 and quite possibly enough to earn him a title shot in his next outing.

In the final bout of the evening at UFC 144, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar's heart proved to be made of steel as he endured an overwhelming amount of damage.

However, Edgar continued to battle in an extremely close main event showdown.

His opponent Benson Henderson held the advantage in the stand-up and often capitalized on several leg kicks.

Through a controversial decision, fans saw Henderson explode on more damage but trailed in the striking category 124-114 and was taken down seven times to two.

When the final bell came to a close, fans got to witness one of the greatest performances in UFC history as Henderson was declared the newest 155-pound champion.

Edgar vs. Henderson was awarded 'Fight of the Night.'


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