Check-in here Saturday, Feb. 25 for the UFC’s long awaited return to Japan for UFC 144: Edgar vs Henderson.  We will be posting live results and analysis play-by-play.

The  main event will have the lightweight title on the line. Rampage Jackson returns to his original Pride FC fanbase as he takes on Ryan Bader, and hometown favorite Yoshihiro Akiyama takes on Jake Shields.

Main card

Lightweight Championship bout:  Frankie Edgar vs.  Ben Henderson
Benson Henderson defeats Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 49-46)

Light Heavyweight bout:  Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Ryan Bader defeats Rampage Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Heavyweight bout: Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
Mark Hunt defeats Cheick Kongo via TKO – Round 1, 2:11

Welterweight bout: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Jake Shields defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Middleweight bout: Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Tim Boetsch defeats Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:54

Featherweight bout: Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Hatsu Hioki defeats Bart Palaszewski via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Lightweight bout: Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon
Anthony Pettis defeats Joe Lauzon via knockout (head- kick) – Round 1, 1:21

Preliminary card (FX)

Lightweight bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Takanori Gomi defeats Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:21

Bantamweight bout: Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
Vaughan Lee defeats Norifumi Yamamoto via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:29

Middleweight bout: Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
Riki Fukuda defeats Steve Cantwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Bantamweight bout: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
Chris Cariaso defeats Takeya Mizugaki via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Featherweight bout: Zhang Tiequan vs. Tiequan Zhnag
Issei Tamura defeats Tiequan Zhnag via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 0:32.