The UFC 144 weigh-ins took place in Japan – Saturday local time, Friday night in the U.S. – with both Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson making weight, while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was not so lucky.
Champion and challenger both came in at 154 pounds, making their main event showdown official for the main event at UFC 144, taking place in Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
“It’s a huge opportunity, I’m very excited. Frankie’s the man, he has a great chin, a great heart, he’s proven himself time and again. He’s a great champion, it’s going to be an honor for me to take the belt from a champion like that,” Henderson stated.
After a 2011 that saw Edgar fight twice, both against Gray Maynard, he’s ready to move on to a new challenge, and that challenge comes from Benson Henderson.
“Ben’s a tough dude, a good camp to prepare for him, obviously a new face, new name. Let’s do it,” Edgar stated.
Meanwhile in the co-main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson came in a whopping six pounds over weight, hitting the scale at 211 pounds for his light heavyweight showdown with Ryan Bader. Bader made weight at 205 pounds. Jackson agreed to give up 20 percent of his fight purse to Bader for missing weight and the fight will still go on as scheduled.
“I really wanted to fight here. You guys have no idea what I went through,” Jackson said to the fans in Japan. “I had a lot of ups and downs in camp, a lot of struggle to get here. Me and Dana almost bumped heads again, but Dana’s a cool man and he understood how bad I wanted to be here in Japan, so he allowed me to not fight in Chicago and be here to put on a show for you guys. I love you all.”
Bader was equally excited about the chance to perform in front of the Japanese crowd.
“It’s an honor to fight him, especially here in Japan in front of the Japanese people in this country,” said Bader. “I came up watching Pride here in Japan, always dreamed of fighting here one day. The dream came true and let along fighting a guy like Rampage.”
Full weigh in results for UFC 144 below.
UFC 144 MAIN EVENT:
Frankie Edgar (154) vs. Benson Henderson (154)
UFC 144 MAIN CARD PAY-PER-VIEW:
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (211) vs. Ryan Bader (205)*
Mark Hunt (264) vs. Cheick Kongo (229)
Jake Shields (170) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (169)
Yushin Okami (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)
Hatsu Hioki (145) vs. Bart Palaszewski (146)
Anthony Pettis (155) vs. Joe Lauzon (156)
UFC 144 PRELIMS ON FX:
Takanori Gomi (155) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154)
Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (135)
Riki Fukuda (185) vs. Steve Cantwell (185)
Takeya Mizugaki (135) vs. Chris Cariaso (136)
UFC 144 PRELIMS ON FACEBOOK:
Tiequan Zhang (146) vs. Issei Tamura (145)
*Quinton Jackson forfeits 20% of his purse to Ryan Bader for missing weight. Fight will go on as scheduled.