Photo of Ben Henderson punching Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to pay-per-view this past Saturday night (Feb. 25, 2012) with UFC 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson," featuring the star making turn of , who outlasted the tough as nails Ben Henderson to win the lightweight championship after five rounds of action. Frankie Edgar
No controversy here, folks.
failed to give his Japanese fans much of a show (save for a sweet slam), as a bum knee and even worse attitude hampered his performance against Quinton Jackson , leading to a unanimous decision loss. Ryan Bader
And what's there to say about
and his knockout of Anthony Pettis ? Or Joe Lauzon and his destruction of Mark Hunt ? Cheick Kongo
In cased you missed any or all of it -- or just want to keep the discussion alive -- below are links to all the major storylines borne from Saturday night's event in Japan.
In we go.
UFC 144: "Edgar vs. Henderson"
Results and live fight coverage
Recap and morning after discussion
Post-fight press conference video
Bonuses and awards
Event photos gallery
Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson fight metric report
"Prelims" results and recap
Fight recap: Anthony Pettis head kick knocks out Joe Lauzon
Fight recap: Hatsu Hioki dominates Bart Palaszewski
Fight recap: Tim Boetsch scores awesome comeback knockout win over Yushin Okami
Fight recap: Jake Shields takes decision win over Yoshihiro Akiyama
Fight recap: Mark Hunt knocks out Cheick Kongo
Fight recap: Ryan Bader upsets Rampage Jackson
Fight recap: Ben Henderson wins lightweight championship in close decision over Frankie Edgar
Fight review and analysis: Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
Fight review and analysis: Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Fight review and analysis: Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Fight review and analysis: Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Fight review and analysis: Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Fight review and analysis: Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Fight review and analysis: Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson
UFC 144 post-fight fallout
Big winners and lowly losers
Event report card
What's next for Ben Henderson and Ryan Bader?
WEC steals the show that hoped to invoke memories of PRIDE
Zuffa makes successful return to Japan but its native stars fell at UFC 144
Frankie Edgar's title reign set the bar high in the post-B.J. Penn era
Dana White thinks Frankie Edgar beat Ben Henderson
Ben Henderson wins the lightweight title and celebrates with his mom
Ben Henderson doesn't think Anthony Pettis is next in line for a title shot
Anthony Pettis deserves a title shot rematch against Ben Henderson
Anthony Pettis makes his case for a title shot
Is this the end of the line for Rampage Jackson?
Rampage Jackson wasn't surprised he lost to Ryan Bader, claims he has plenty of gas left in the tank
An uncertain future lies ahead for Rampage Jackson
Don't ask Ryan Bader about the Rampage Jackson slam, he was completely out of it thanks to it
Mark Hunt thinks he can knock out Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos
Tim Boetsch wants to fight Dan Henderson next
Tim Boetsch is now a middleweight contender after knocking out Yushin Okami
Takeya Mizugaki was paid his win bonus because Dana White felt he was robbed
That, my friends, should be enough to keep you talking -- at least for the time being. What gets your vote for the biggest story coming out of UFC 144?
Sound off, Maniacs.