UFC 144: What's Next for the Main-Card Losers

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UFC 144: What's Next for the Main-Card Losers
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The UFC's return to Japan was a success all around, but it wasn't all positive for the night's losers. On a night that saw many big upsets in various divisions, the UFC finds itself looking at new contenders, while others move down the rankings.

In the main event, UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar put his title on the line against former WEC champ Benson Henderson. It was Edgar's fourth title defense and first fight against an opponent not named BJ Penn or Gray Maynard in over two years.

In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson took on Ryan Bader in what was a homecoming event of sorts for the former Pride superstar.

Other main-card bouts included Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt, Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields, Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch and Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis.

This is what's next for the losers.

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