SAITAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: (R-L) RIki Fukuda punches Steve Cantwell during the UFC 144 event at Saitama Super Arena on February 26, 2012 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
A leg up
Frankie Edgar takes a knee to the head from Benson Henderson during the UFC 144 event at Saitama Super Arena.
Benson Henderson throws everything he's got into securing the lightweight title from Frankie Edgar.
Benson Henderson is all smiles after defeating Frankie Edgar in UFC 144.
Frankie Edgar receives a kick to the head from Benson Henderson during their lightweight bout at UFC 144 in Japan.
In a hard-fought match, Benson Henderson hangs on to take the lightweight belt from Frankie Edgar.
How long will Benson Henderson stay on top after his UFC 144 win?
Benson Henderson punches Frankie Edgar during their lightweight title fight at UFC at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Henderson got the better of Edgar throughout most of the fight and pulled out a decision win to take away Edgar's belt.
Benson Henderson kicks Frankie Edgar during their UFC 144 bout. Henderson improved to 16-2 in his career while Edgar fell to 14-2-1.
Ryan Bader punches Quinton ''Rampage'' Jackson during their UFC 144 heavyweight bout. Bader manhandled the former UFC and PRIDE champion to earn a decision win.
Quinton ''Rampage'' Jackson slams Ryan Bader to the mat. Bader appeared to be injured by the move, but he claimed to be just fine.
Right back at ya!
Ryan Bader takes down Quinton ''Rampage'' Jackson. The bout was fought at a catchweight of 211 pounds after Jackson failed to make the 205-pound limit for light heavyweight. Jackson was also forced to give up 20 percent of his purse for missing his weight mark.
Mark Hunt punches Cheick Kongo during their heavyweight bout at UFC 144. Hunt got the win via TKO at 2:11 of the first round.
Mark Hunt reacts after defeating Cheick Kongo. Hunt continued his improbable run toward heavyweight contention.
Going for it
Jake Shields attempts a rear choke submission against Yoshihiro Akiyama during their welterweight bout at UFC 144. He wasn't able to get the submission, but Shields won the bout against the Japanese hero Akiyama by decision.
Jake Shields attempts to take down Yoshihiro Akiyama. The win for Shields follows two straight losses, getting him back on the winning track for the first time since his UFC debut in October 2010.
Yoshihiro Akiyama and Jake Shields trade punches during UFC 144 at Saitama Super Arena.
Tim Boetsch punches Yushin Okami during their middleweight bout at UFC 144. After taking a beating for two rounds, Boetsch mounted an amazing comeback to win by TKO in the third.
Tim Boetsch kicks Yushin Okami during UFC 144. Boetsch improved to 15-4 with the win while Okami fell to 26-7.
Watch your head
Yushin Okami kicks Tim Boetsch early in their UFC 144 bout. Okami was coming off his loss to UFC middlweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 134 in Brazil.
Hatsu Hioki kicks Bart Palaszewski during their featherweight bout at UFC 144. Hioki defeated Palazewski via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).
Bart Palaszewski punches Hatsu Hioki during UFC 144. Hioki improved to 26–4–2, winning his sixth straight bout.
Anthony "Showtime" Pettis reacts after knocking out Joe Lauzon during UFC 144 at Saitama Super Arena on Sunday in Saitama, Japan. Pettis floored Lauzon with a kick that connected his shin with Lauzon's chin, and the fight was stopped moments later.
Anthony Pettis knocks out Joe Lauzon with a kick during UFC 144. Pettis improved to 15-2 with the win while Lauzon fell to 21-7.
Anthony Pettis pounds on Joe Lauzon after knocking him backward with his devastating kick. Pettis, a former WEC lightweight champion, moved himself closer to UFC lightweight contention with the win.
Nice to knee you
Takanori Gomi delivers a knee strike against Eiji Mitsuoka in their lightweight bout. Gomi defeated Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) at 2:21 of Round 2.
Norifumi ''Kid'' Yamamoto punches Vaughn Lee during their bantamweight bout. Lee was able to get Yamamoto to tap out to get the win.
Feel the foot
RIki Fukuda kicks Steve Cantwell during their light heavyweight bout at UFC 144. Fukuda rebounded from a loss in his UFC debut to get the victory in Japan.
Riki Fukuda punches Steve Cantwell with a big left. Fukuda improved to 18-5 in his MMA career with the win while Cantwell fell to 7-6.
Riki Fukuda punches Steve Cantwell during their bout. The loss for Cantwell was his sixth straight after winning his UFC debut.
Chris Cariaso tags Takeya Mizugaki during their bantamweight bout. Cariaso defeated Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Issei Tamura knocks out Tiequan Zhang after sending him to the mat in the second round of their featherweight bout. Tamura defeated Zhang via KO at 0:32 of Round 2.