As part of their continuing quest for global domination, the UFC held its first event in Japan since 2000 earlier this year with UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.
The event took place on February 26 and was staged at the site of the legendary Pride Fighting Championships, the Saitama, Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In addition to featuring a host of Japanese talent and a few Pride FC throwbacks, the UFC 144 fight card saw the UFC lightweight title disputed between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson. After five rounds of intense, back-and-forth action, Henderson was declared the victor via unanimous decision to become the new kingpin at 155lbs.
Being that the event took place overseas in the absence of any official athletic commission, the UFC oversaw whatever an athletic commission usually would, including drug tests. MMAJunkie obtained the results from the tests from the UFC’s vice president of government and regulatory affairs, Marc Ratner.
Eight fighters from the card were tested for performance enhancing drugs, as well as for drugs of abuse; all fighters tested passed. Of the fighters tested, Ratner would only name the two main event participants, Edgar and Henderson.
Considering the close and controversial nature of their UFC 144 fight, Edgar has been granted an immediate rematch against Henderson which should take place sometime this summer.