UFC 144: Ben Henderson dethrones Frankie Edgar in Japan

After five grueling rounds, Ben “Smooth” Henderson dethroned Frankie Edgar, and is now the new UFC Lightweight champion.

Beaming with confidence, Henderson dominated Edgar during all five rounds, giving the champ the worst beating of his MMA career. Edgar responded with his second to none heart and endurance, but it was not enough to withstand Ben Henderson physical power and size advantage throughout the fight.

Edgar and Henderson threw an equal amount of strikes, but once again, it’s the challenger’s power that was responsible for the champ’s swollen eye and broken nose.

The judges scored the bout unanimously in favor of Ben Henderson, as Frankie Edgar shook his head in disbelief. Edgar perhaps went toe-to-toe with Henderson during all five rounds, and was never out of the fight, but there’s no doubt that Henderson not only won the decision, but also the fight itself.

Henderson improves his MMA record to 16-2, and will now face, most likely, the man who dethroned him as the WEC Lightweight Champion – Anthony Pettis. “Showtime” KO’d Joe Lauzon with a vicious head kick, which gave him the right to cash in the title shot cheque he never used since merger between WEC and the UFC.

Ben Henderson could also find himself in the cage against the winner of UFC on FOX 3 encounter between Jim Miller and Nate Diaz, who are both fresh off important victories inside the Octagon.

As for Frankie Edgar, the former champ has no choice but to move down to Featherweight, where could set himself a superfight with the reigning champion Jose Aldo.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Asdf/ asdf

    I had Frankie winning that fight. It was very close, but i still had Frankie edging it out.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/HunterB/ HunterB

    Congrats Benson

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Moots/ moots

    Frankie did not win that fight, there were a few close rounds but Ben took at least three rounds by landing huge shots and being dominant throughout the round. Frankie was outsized but not outclassed in my opinion – hope to see him at 145.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Milt/ Malcolm O’Mahony

    judging by the “weaks” it looks like most people disagree asdf but I totally agree with you, I was surprised to see the decision go to henderson.

    Also, @Anton: “Henderson dominated Edgar during all five rounds”

    Are you serious? You didn’t give any of the rounds to Edgar? Not even the first? I must have been watching a different fight…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ahhhhhhhhhhhh/ ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    if it was a streetfight, he lost, bad, but as a sport i thought he just clinched it.. as the article says there was an equal amount of strikes and surely edgar completed more takedowns, so the judges must be looking at 1 upkick and 1 guillotine attempt as massive massive round-winning events?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Leon8220/ Leon8220

    Congrats to Benson Henderson on a dominant performance. well deserved, Finally someone takes down Frankie edgar, i always thought frankie was not one of the best p4p fighters, i respect his skill and i think he’s fast and his footwork is amazing but i never considered him one of the best, hes just “good” not “great” like some people made him look.

    Very good fight though, i enjoyed it a lot

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David-Saucier/ David Saucier

    Damn betting site wouldnt take my card I would of won 920 dollars on a Hunt, and Bendo parlay

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Codemaster/ codemaster

    I had Benson winning that by far. MMA has to recognize that not all punches are alike.

    It is not like CompuStrike has any computing or judgement in it. Pitter patter punches are not significant strikes.

    And there are significant strikes and SIGNIFICANT strikes. Frankie was beat up bad–not only to the face, but to the body. Each kick he caught–he received a heavy shot–and knees and upkicks and ….

    Frankly, I didn’t see how one could see that as a close fight at all.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MereDictum/ MereDictum

    Asdf: you are delusional. Not so surprised at Frankies comment to Rogan; he got his ass kicked so he wasn’t thinking straight. But I’m so sick and tired of Rogan’s outright bias. How many times do have to hear he has the biggest heart? Every time Frankie “landed” a strike he’d comment but most of Ben’s went without comment. Goldberg even called him the”true champion” as he walked out after the fight. Ridiculous.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/DaddyLongStrokes/ DaddyLongStrokes

    I thought Edgar won too. Looked like Edgar outstruck Bendo, but Bendo landing the more visibly damaging shots. But apparently fightmetric says Bendo landed more….Guess the multiple combinations and kicks Edgar landed were lies.

    I had lying eyes for this fight….apparently.

    Edgar should get an instant rematch since he had to rematch against his will twice lol.
    That or have Pettis avenge Edgar and this time Pettis kicks Bendo’s head off

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Knn03/ knn03

    WTF! Cecil Peoples had it for Frankie Edgar via 1st round armbar.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Falcon4917/ falcon4917

    Looking ahead I am more excited for the next strikeforce event than the next UFC.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Rabble/ rabble

    Well, it’s hard not to admire a guy with such HEART, DETERMINATION AND WILLPOWER!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Godsofwararise/ godsofwararise

    And I had to lol at the line about Edgar taking the worst beating of his career. TBH I think Bendo just about edged it but the ass whupping Frankie took at the hands of Maynard in round 1 of their 2nd fight was way worse than anything he took from Bendo tonight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thealex/ thealex

    edgar won. some wierd decisions in this card

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David-Saucier/ David Saucier

    lol at you getting a weak for saying “Congrats Benson”

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Jamo/ jamo

    i was rooting for frankie and i didnt give him any rounds and the rounds were’t that close. henderson’s strikes were way more devastating and he landed a lot. i was going to give the last round to frankie as a charity round, but then he ended up on his back getting smashed.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Ksooner76/ ksooner76

    yeah I had Frankie 1 2 and 5 I know he got kicked and took hella damage but had the round won and because he got up kicked last sec doesnt give
    him the round the fight was close no way was he dominated every round
    thats crazy did you watch the fight granted the 5th could of went either way
    but to make it sound like Edgar got his ass handed to him is crazy..and Frankie should get a rematch

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/InfiniteEnigma/ InfiniteEnigma

    true true, you admire it, and it can save your ass in a fight, but its not gonna finish it decisively, that falls on strikes in this case of which it seemed frankie was a little faster , but all those were insignificant, half point hits, bendo was landing crit shots, and power shots often, scoring 2 or 3x per blow than a simple pawing jab that just made contact. it is probably that, that score the points in fave of hendo, and that is well deserved, because, its obvious who won the fight, and would have been upset if it went to frankie cause hit hit bendo 3x more a round , albeit none of which put a scratch on him…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMAMachine/ MMAMachine

    If Ben’s shots were so significant, why didn’t he finish the fight? The swollen eye occurred in the first round and the nose was an upkick in the second. Two shots won a five round fight? This is supposed to be a sport, not a street fight. Frankie dominated in every aspect of the fight, even tho Ben kept it competitive.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/FE4/ FE4

    I wished I knew how they judge the fights in all actuality. I mean I know how they say that they judge them but with some decisions I’m left completely confused. i thought it was closer than 49 to 46 for sure. Bendo obviously did more damage but as far as “point” scoring I thought Edgar. People say that Bendo dominated because he “controlled” the center of the octagon but if thats the case than Diaz beat Condit until he tests positive for marijuana. The 55 division is going to see decisions so I would like to see more consistency with the judging. Weak me if you want but thats how I see it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/InfiniteEnigma/ InfiniteEnigma

    still after the eye and nose shots, there was clearly more power behind his kicks to the body, and his counter punches and elbows had more force behind the impact, when frankie would jump in with a light fast punch sometimes bendo took it, some times dodged it, and many times, stepped forward driving a stiff forearm or elbow with much more impact than the light grazing (point scoring only ) shot…did he finish edgar, no…who has, he is strong in heart and determination, ben knew he wouldnt quit, if he rocked him enough, he would jump on the opportunity to finish, but most likely he knew he wouldnt finish frank, so best to punish him, make him feel like he was in a real fight. for every 2x punches frankie threw that were not power strikes, worth say a half a point to judges, ben countered with something more solid, he followed thru and drove it home, not just pounce in, touch oppenent , pounce out.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/OperationCWAL/ OperationCWAL

    I told u he was gonna win with a Showtime kick. Even though he missed it it was still a spectacular kick hopping on 1 leg.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/InfiniteEnigma/ InfiniteEnigma

    controlling the octogon also means imposing will, making your opponent play your game, not necessarily octogon real estate or forward movement. nick, yes, always moved forward, but as predicted threw boxing punches , and taunts, to the untrained eye, it seems as if diaz is in control because he is moving forward, but it was carlos who actually utilized a strategy of stick n move, instead of standing and trading and getting backed into a corner like nick is used to doing…carlos broke nicks game plan and implemented his own becuase he refused to play nicks game, and instead made him play his own game of walkdown , which looks like he is in control, but not , when he is made to walk, only to be hit with a counter after is flush missed.,

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    @MMAMachine- “If Ben’s shots were so significant, why didn’t he finish the fight?”

    Are you serious?Most of Frankie’s shots were to Bendo’s face, and a very large portion of Henderson’s offense was to Edgars body. Despite that fact, look at the condition of both fighters’ faces after the fight. Are you telling me that with as busted up as Edgar’s face looked, Henderson’s offense wasn’t significant because he failed to finish a man that has never been finished in his entire career?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/BigAlRIz/ BigAlRIz

    Did no one see how many counter strikes Bendo landed during each exchange? Edgar didn’t even have dominate position on the ground. Every time Frankie got on Bendo he was up within seconds, taking little to no damage.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/OperationCWAL/ OperationCWAL

    Did u see how Ben was freaking aiming his upkick for the headshit? reminds me of a “quick scope”

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/OperationCWAL/ OperationCWAL

    Headshot I mean. Typing on iPhone sucks!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    @ahhhhhhhhhhh- Round 1- Uneventful striking, about even, Edgar gets takedown. Edgar wins round.
    Round 2- Similar striking output again. Edgar gets two takedowns, but Bendo has a deep guillotine for half a minute and breaks Edgar’s nose with an upkick. Bendo wins round.
    Round 3- Henderson has slightly better striking, and both fighters score a takedown. Bendo wins round.
    Round 4- Henderson has slightly better striking, no takedowns are scored, and Henderson attempts another guillotine. Bendo wins round.
    Round 5- Henderson has better striking, Frankie gets a takedown, Ben tries another guillotine. Toss up as to who won the round.

    Both fighters had similar ammounts of aggression throughout the fight, so that’s probably a wash. Aside from that, neither really put a lot of control on the other, but Bendo had the center of the octagon for longer than Edgar, though not nearly enough to win him the fight based on octagon control. So depending on how you score the 5th round, it’s either 49-46 Bendo, or 48-47 Bendo, which echo the judge’s scorecards exactly. Where is the issue?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    Ironic that you that this as proof that Edgar’s not one of the best p4p fighters. Especially since Edgar is a natural lightweight and Henderson is…. definitely not.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Leon8220/ Leon8220

    i’m sure i’ll get weaked for this but judging from the weaks people receive for supporting ben henderson, it looks like theres a lot of edgars fans here that are pissed because he lost. but lets be realistic here, FRANKIE EDGAR LOST!!! if you think otherwise, you’re completely delusional. The fight was one-sided. Bendo destroyed edgar, get over it, and i hope he gets a rematch to see the same outcome.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    Octagon control barely figured into the judging I think. They both landed about the same number of shots, with Henderson edging Edgar out in a few rounds. On top of that Henderson’s shots were very significant, whereas most of Edgar’s seemed to do very little at all. This wasn’t just that Edgar’s a smaller man, but he was having to come in through a reach disadvantage and was getting countered a lot.

    I think of all the criteria fights are scored (effective striking, grappling, takedowns, aggression and octagon control), the only one you can definitively say Edgar won is takedowns. They were pretty even in a lot of the categories for most of the fight, with Henderson edging out Edgar’s offense with more significant damaging shots.

    Also, Diaz did not have octagon control. He was certainly the more aggressive fighter (a separate category), but Condit controlled where the fight took place and returned to the center of the octagon at will. But since we’ve brought Diaz into this, I vote we just use Stockton Rules. Look at both fighters’ faces, declare that whoever’s face is more f’ed up lost the fight, declare Bendo the winner, and call it a night.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Moots/ moots

    It is funny how many people are all of a sudden on the Edgar bandwagon right after the same people were claiming he was overrated, went to decision too often, etc. etc. etc.

    I saw a comment up there that said he gave Edgar round 2. ROUND 2?! Bendo DESTROYED Edgar in round 2, and in round 4. The only rounds I would consider giving Edgar were round 1 and possibly 3, I can’t remember exactly but there are some seriously sore butts around here claiming nonsense in defense of Edgar. I’m a huge fan, but Bendo outsized him, outstruck him, and dominated the majority of the fight!

    A rare occurrence: the judges actually got it right!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/AJY/ AJY

    I think you must’ve been watching a different fight man, I saw Edgar get beaten up everywhere pretty badly. No diss to Frankie , ofcourse he showed hisdetermination hanging in there. I may have given em one of the later rounds but even thats debateable imo. But look at Frankie’s face I mean he got dominated, doesnt matter if strikes landed is close vwhen one guys strikes break you nose while you jab em, ya kno?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/AJY/ AJY

    Iagree with the above post, I’m really surprised so many ppl even thought it was close. We saw edgar get battered by hard shots for 5 rds, a near guillotine and he looked out out of it near the end. His face tells the story.
    Wheres the props for Bendo’s performance, he’s dominant everywhere and actually looked more dynamic than Edgar in his attacks, thats no small feat.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Spyridon/ Spyridon

    Man, looking thru the posts here you see exactly why the fighters give props to the fans in japan… you guys who are putting down the fighters are rediculous.

    Why argue? It was an AWESOME fight! At the end I would not have been surprised no matter who got the decision, it was down to a matter of perspective because they BOTH did enough to win the fight!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/TheEnforcer/ TheEnforcer

    totally agree, dont give a shit who won but i had frankie winning first 3 lost 4 and even winning 5, frankie was winning the 5 and all ben did was win the last 10 secs, even the up round with the up kick from ben i still gave that round to frankie, people have short memorys, its a 5 minute round and if a fighter wins say 4 mins of a round say with light punches and kicks and the other fighter lands one haymaker that rocks the other fighter i still think 4 min of winning should till win a round

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Falcon4917/ falcon4917

    I just meant ufc on fx vs next strikeforce event. I am looking forward to it. I am not comparing tonight or the average UFC event.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David522/ david522

    id give bendo a winning bonus!!! ;D

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David522/ david522

    something just for him hehe 😉

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Daviesman/ Daviesman

    1.as many, i thought frankie out-pointed and won this fight…what was it, ‘to be the champ, you gotta beat the champ’ … i would’nt say ben ‘beat’ the champ (i am an edgar AND henderson fan btw)

    2.if ufc give pettis the rematch next, thats total BS…they made frankie rematch bj AND they made him rematch maynard twice … no offense to pettis as i like him to but, pettis was on the bottom of the pile tonite and as good as his fight was last nite and as his fight against bendo, but IMO frankie deserves an instant rematch

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Highkick12/ highkick12

    what a nasty up kick. Id love a rematch where that almost certainly won’t happen again.
    But then again henderson vs pettis 2….
    and frankie looked tiny in there he might as well go for aldo’s belt.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Krogan/ Krogan

    After that fight I felt 100% sure that Ben had won it convincingly. I myself scored the fight 50-45 but its possible Franke got either 3rd or 4th but it seemed at the end of most rounds Frankie was being saved from a bad position by the bell.

    Frankies takedowns did no damage and he never held Ben down for any real amount of time, Frankies strikes did no damage at all during the fight and he was unable to really control the center of the octagon for any part of the fight.

    Very dominant victory for Ben.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/IChokePeople/ IChokePeople

    I couldn’t watch the whole fight (bad replay) but what I saw looked even so I can see it being controversial if the other two fifths looked the same. That said I f\/(king hate fightmetric and these other computerized ref aps. They are all garbage and get it wrong most of the time.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Daviesman/ Daviesman

    no, it’s not a fencing match but benson did’nt ‘finish him’ (mortal kombat voice-over please), so, the fight has to be scored on other factors…
    did you forget that frankie took benson down quite a few times through the 5 rounds…IT DOES’NT MATTER (cue ‘the rock’ song) that he did’nt ‘do anything’ while he had him down…how many fights have got scored the same way…a take-down is a take-down.

    people are biast in their opinions, this was one of those fights i did’nt want to see as i like both fighters very much…it was just my opinion that i thought frankie won, not benson…im sure if the fight was in america,whichever state,i think frankie would’ve walked asway with the win

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Godsofwararise/ godsofwararise


    Did you not see the 3 knockdowns in one round that Maynard scored against him? How many knockdowns did Benson score? The fact is that Maynard was way closer to finishing Edgar in both title fights than Benson was at any point in their fight so to say Edgar suffered his worst ever ass whupping is ridiculous.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Thang/ Thang

    I think Frankie Lost because Randy Predicted He’ll Win. Another one for Randy ! If I bet $1,000 Against all of Randy’s Pick I would have a Million Dollars by Now.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Griffin/ griffin

    close fight but bendo won 2,3, and 5 so hopefully there wont be an immediate rematch because they are getting very old with frankie. Dana will probably tell him to move down to 145 now

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/Billy-Jack/ Billy Jack

    Bendo,congrats to first Korean American UFC champion.
    Man that Korean hybrid power is no joke!!!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/David-Saucier/ David Saucier

    :-0 {=======

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/FE4/ FE4

    I really don’t know. If we go stockton rules like JTalbain suggests then definitely Benson.lol I wasn’t really going for one guy more than the other so it didn’t really matter too much to me but I gave Frankie the 1st and the 2nd. I know Benson landed that huge upkick but to me it didn’t change the last 4 and a half minutes of the round or whatever was left. I know Frankie was messed up but I thought it was closer than 49 to 46.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    The difference being that Maynard knocked him down 3 times in one round. Henderson kinda pummelled him the whole fight.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/JTalbain/ JTalbain

    Wow, I got weaked for that? People must not realize what p4p means. Most people agree that GSP, Anderson Silva, and Jon Jones wouldn’t be nearly as dominant if they fought at their natural weights, but that doesn’t stop them from topping the p4p list every time.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/members/MMAMachine/ MMAMachine

    You’ve clearly missed the fact that my comment was a reply. I was posing the same question that was asked by the person I was responding to. He said that Frankie’s heart doesn’t finish fights, but nor did anything Ben did. Read, think, write. Thanks.