As the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. The saying applies to this day and without a doubt, applies to mixed martial arts as some of the sports most historic moments are relived through the images that captured them.
There is nothing better than a snapshot of a fighter dealing with tragedy or triumph, or a picture of a perfectly timed strike, every microscopic fragment of impact relived as limbs and jaws collide. A photo can display a range of emotions, happiness and sadness, victory and defeat. Every picture is different, each having a unique distinction and personal story.
That being said, lets look back at the 6 best photos from “UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson”.
6 – “Rampage” On The Canvas Following His Fight With Ryan Bader
Immediately following the final bell signaling the end of the third round and the end of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s fight against Ryan Bader, a disappointed and defeated Jackson laid on the mat in somewhat of a sad scene. It was evident from Jackson’s performance that he was not at 100% for the fight with Bader, and his body language paired with the disappointed look in his eyes tells the story.
5 – Yushin Okami Takes A Nap, Courtesy of Tim Boetsch
In one of the most spectacular fights comebacks in recent memory, Tim Boetsch came back from a two-round deficit to knock out former UFC middleweight title challenger Yushin Okami in the third round. Boetsch took a beating at the hands of Okami for the opening 10-minute of the bout, but turned his offensive intensity up a couple of notches and scored the upset victory, pushing his record in the UFC middleweight division to 3-0.
4 – Benson Henderson Nearly Takes Frankie Edgar’s Head Off
The main event at UFC 144 saw Benson Henderson win the UFC lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision. In the first round of their spirited 25-minute battle, Edgar caught one of Henderson’s kicks to the body and as he held it, Henderson leaped into the air and attempted a jumping kick to the head of Edgar. The kick would have done a tremendous amount of damage if it connected, but fortunately for Edgar he was able to duck it just in the knick of time. Spectacular photo.
3 – Issei Tamura Starts The Night Off Right
On of the most brutal finishes on the card came in the opening bout of the UFC 144 fight card when Issei Tamura viciously knocked out Tiequan Zhang in the second round, making a slash in his UFC debut. Tamura took the fight against Zhang as an injury replacement on just two weeks notice. He made the best of the opportunity in the octagon and had Anthony Pettis not nearly kicked Joe Lauzon’s head off his shoulders, Tamura’s highlight reel win likely would have won “Knockout of the Night” honors at UFC 144.
2 – “Slam-page” Jackson
For years UFC fans have been pleading Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to utilize the trademark slams of his opponents that made him so famous early on in his career. In his fight against Ryan Bader at UFC 144, Jackson did just that as he picked Bader up against the cage and slammed “The Ultimate Fighter” season seven winner directly on his head and shoulder. At first glance the slam looked like it had damaged Bader badly, but the American fought through the pain and defeated Jackson by decision on all three judge’s scorecards.
1 – It’s “Showtime”!
After starting his UFC career with lack-luster performances back-to-back, Anthony Pettis showed UFC fans why he is nicknamed “Showtime”, knocking Joe Lauzon stiff with a quick and swift left high kick to the jaw. The finish came just 81-seconds into the opening round and earned Pettis an extra $65,000 for “Knockout of the Night”. Pettis’ shin connected perfectly on Lauzon’s chin and the kick appears to have given Pettis am opportunity to fight Benson Henderson for the UFC lightweight championship of the world.