UFC 144 from Japan on February 25th

The lightweight championship will be on the line as MMA betting action from Tokyo will feature Frankie Edgar, the defending champion, matched up with Ben Henderson for the title belt.

The lightweight championship is not all as there will be six other bouts on the main card to make for a phenomenal evening of MMA betting action that will take place on Saturday, February 25th. A total of seven main card bouts will make for an expected four hours of pay per view action compared to the standard three hours that is the norm.

From the light heavyweight class Ryan Bader will take on Quinton Jackson while in heavyweight action Cheick Kongo will face Mark Hunt. Japan’s own Yoshiro Akiyama will take on Jake Shields in welterweight action, while another Japanese fighter, Yushin Okami, will take on Tim Boetsch in a middleweight bout. In featherweight action, Japan’s Hatsu Hioki will face Bart Palaszewski and in lightweight action, Anthony Pettis will take on Joe Lauzon.

Frankie Edgar is the champion of the lightweight class. He first won the belt over BJ Penn at UFC 112 in April of 2010 in a highly disputed unanimous decision that was coupled with Penn not fighting at his best and coming off as unprepared. But four months later the duo met again in a highly anticipated rematch in which Edgar scored yet another unanimous decision to erase any doubts about his legitimacy as the champ. Since then he has defended the lightweight belt twice with a draw and a win over Gray Maynard in another rematch scenario. Edgar has an overall career record of 14-1-1 and fights out of Toms River, New Jersey. Edgar has gone from being scoffed at to being a respected lightweight since he has kept the belt for two years after that initial win over Penn.

Ben Henderson fights out of Glendale, Arizona and makes for a formidable challenger to Edgar. Henderson has won his last three bouts to stand with a record of 15-2 for his career. Henderson was the WEC lightweight champion from 2009-2010 before moving to the UFC where he has a 3-0 career mark. He is coming off a unanimous decision win over Clay Guida on November 12th which was an elimination bout for a title shot at Edgar. Henderson was an All American NAIA wrestler and fights for the MMA lab.

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