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UFC 144 Japan Play-by-Play: Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson

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Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson

Round 1: They touch gloves and the UFC 144 main event is underway.  Henderson puts his jab out there.  Edgar lands an inside leg kick.  Edgar moves in and lands a right hand.  Henderson throws a leg kick and Edgar catches it.  Henderson jumps and tries to kick him with his other leg.  He scrambles out to his feet.  Powerful leg kick lands for Henderson.  Edgar gets a takedown but Henderson immediately gets back up.  Edgar lands an inside leg kick.  Henderson misses with a superman punch and lands a kick below the belt.  Edgar says he’s fine and the fight continues.  Edgar catches another kick from Henderson.  Henderson lands a kick to the body and Edgar catches it but Henderson slips away.  Henderson lands a left hand.  Edgar secures a takedown. Henderson immediately stands and goes for a standing kimura.  Edgar separates.  Henderson went for a takedown and Edgar stuffs it and throws him to the ground.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Edgar.

Round 2:  Henderson continues to throw kicks and Edgar catches another one.  Henderson lands a short right hand.  Edgar answers with an inside leg kick.  Henderson lands a kick to the body.  Edgar catches it and they exchange right hands.  They clinch and Henderson lands a knee to Edgar’s head.  They separate.  Henderson moves in with a combination and lands a knee to the body.  Edgar throws a combination and misses with a spinning back fist.  Edgar lands a left hand.  Edgar goes for a takedown and gets it.  Henderson tries to stand and Edgar looks for a front choke.  Henderson stands and gets free.  Edgar lands a solid leg kick.  Henderson just misses with a high kick.  Edgar lands a right hand.  Edgar shoots in and gets a takedown.  Edgar works punches to the body.  Henderson lands an upkick that drops Edgar.  He finishes the round landing punches to Edgar’s body.  Edgar’s nose is bleeding heavily.  He was badly hurt at the end of the round.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 3:  Edgar lands a kick to the body.  They exchange and Edgar lands a right hook.  Edgar is moving in and out.  Henderson moves in and eats a combination.  Edgar tries to get the fight to the ground but Henderson defends it.  Henderson lands a knee to the body.  Edgar fires back with a right hand.  Edgar lands a good right hand.  Edgar throws a kick and slips.  Henderson dives on him.  Edgar’s face is a mess, but he gets back to his feet.  Henderson just misses with a high kick.  Edgar comes in and lands a right hand is is gone before Henderson can counter.  Edgar lands an inside leg kick.  Henderson lands a kick to the body and Edgar answers with a left hand.  Edgar gets a takedown but Henderson immediatley gets back to his feet.  Edgar secures a takedown in the closing seconds.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Edgar.

Round 4:  Edgar lands an inside leg kick to start the first of the championship rounds.  Henderson moves forward with a double jab followed by an outside leg kick.  Henderson lands a stiff jab.  They exchange and Edgar lands a right hand.  Henderson lands a kick to the groin of Edgar and Edgar is given time to recover.  The referee resumes the action after a moment.  Edgar lands an inside leg kick.  Edgar lands a right hand.  There’s three minutes remaining.  Right hand lands for Edgar.  Henderson lands a knee to the body.  Edgar takes him down.  Henderson applies a guillotine choke.  It’s in tight.  Edgar escapes and gains top position.  Henderson stands and they separate.  Henderson is standing sideways.  He misses with an elbow.  Henderson lands a powerful leg kick and Edgar catches it.  Henderson lands a knee on the separation.  Edgar nearly got a takedown but Henderson breaks free and lands a kick to the body.  Henderson lands another kick to the body.  Edgar pushes forward with a flurry at the bell.  One looked like it landed.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.  Close round.

Round 5:  Henderson continues to throw kicks.  Edgar catches another one but can’t do anything with it.  Henderson lands a right hand.  Edgar comes back with an uppercut.  Straight left  hand lands for Edgar.  Henderson moves in and Edgar meets him wth a right hand.  Edgar gets a takedown.  Henderson stands.  Edgar lets him go after a standing kimura attempt by Henderson.  Edgar lands an inside leg kick.  Henderson lands a big right hand.  Edgar lands a right hook that may hae knocked Edgar down.  Hendreson gets to his feet and lands a kick to the body.  Edgar moves in with a right hand.  Edgar partially blocks a high kick from Henderson.  Henderson lands a jumping knee.  Edgar goes for a takedown.  Henderson gains top position and lands punches as the bell sounds.  MMAWeekly.com scores the round for Henderson 10-9.

The judges score the fight for Henderson, the new UFC lightweight titleholder.  The scores were 49-46, 48-47, 49-46.

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