Found February 23, 2012 on
“UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson” hasn’t generated much hoopla, but thankfully someone finally alerted the Gambling Gods that there is in fact a major mixed martial arts show jumping off this weekend in Japan.
Former WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (Pictured) challenges reigning UFC 155-pound king Frankie Edgar for his crown in the show’s featured attraction. Henderson is pegged as a slight +105 underdog to dethrone Edgar.
“The Answer,” on the other hand, checks in just barely ahead as a -125 favorite to retain his title.
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan hosts the Octagon’s return to the Orient. The pay-per-view airs live in North America at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
Here are the investment options for Saturday (Courtesy of BetUS):
Favorites (-) Underdogs (+)
Issei Tamura +245
Tiequan Zhang -325
Chris Cariaso +160
Takeya Mizugaki -200
Steve Cantwell +220
Riki Fukuda -300
Vaughan Lee +250
Norifumi Yamamoto -350
Eiji Mitsuoka +175
Takanori Gomi -220
Joe Lauzon +175
Anthony Pettis -220
Bart Palaszewski +145
Hatsu Hioki -175
Tim Boetsch +275
Yushin Okami -375
Yoshihiro Akiyama +250
Jake Shields -350
Mark Hunt +250
Cheick Kongo -350
Ryan Bader +190
Quinton Jackson -240
Benson Henderson -105
Frank Edgar -125
BEST OF MAXIM
Betting against Frankie Edgar has proven to be very bad business in the past few years.
He was a whopping +500 underdog in his first fight with BJ Penn and was an underdog months later when they met again. We all know the Edgar carried the belt out of the Octagon both times.
Ditto against the bigger Gray Maynard in two epic battles in 2011.
Now it's time for Edgar naysayers to...
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When asked who his favorite superhero was at the UFC 144 Presser, Henderson answered Clark Kent, Superman's alter ego. Frankie Edgar has been called "Iron Man" on account of his chin (FE is also the symbol for the chemical element Iron, which Edgar has featured on a t-shirt).
Extended video preview of UFC 144 in Japan. A loo inside the mind set and training camp of the current lightweight UFC Champion Frankie Edgar, as he prepares to defend his title against Benson Henderson. Additionally, this video previews Japanese fan favorite Rampage Jackson, against The Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader.
“UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson” takes place Sunday morning inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The first preliminary bout is scheduled to air live Saturday evening in North America at approximately 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT. Make sure to stay with 5thRound.com all night for our live coverage.
The UFC’s Facebook page will kick off the festivities by streaming the featherweight...