Newly crowned lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former title-holder Frankie Edgar put on a show for fans last night in Saitama Super Arena to cap off the UFC’s immensely entertaining return to Japan after more than a decade away. The five-round rumble was named the event’s Fight of the Night and earned both men an extra $65,000 on top of their regularly contracted rates.
Knockout of the Night went to Anthony Pettis, who also received $65,000 for the distinction, after “Showtime” rendered Joe Lauzon into a puddle of goo due to a well-placed head-kick. The victory marked Pettis’ second straight after falling in his UFC debut to Clay Guida.
Last but not least, Vaughan Lee sent the Japanese fans home heartbroken after forcing Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto to tap out for the first time in the beloved fighter’s career. The finish came after an early flurry by Yamamoto gave way to Lee doing some damage of his own, then latching onto an Armbar for a bonus-winning Submission of the Night stoppage.
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MMATraining Take: Anyone who missed last night’s show should make an effort to go watch a replay since it was good from start to finish. I would have handed out bonuses to the same fighters who ultimately received them though Tim Boetsch definitely deserved some sort of financial reward based on his brilliant comeback against Yushin Okami.