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Morning Report: Frankie Edgar's Featherweight Dilemma, Debating Henderson vs. Pettis II

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Feb 27, 2012 - What a weekend.

Rampage Jackson hurled PRIDE fans one final shot of nostalgia with a vintage powerbomb. Mark Hunt penned another chapter of a storybook run in his old stomping grounds. Joe Rogan spontaneously combusted as Tim Boetsch blasted his way to eleventh-hour glory. Anthony Pettis lived up to his nickname, rocketing into title contention in utterly spectacular fashion.

And of course, Ben Henderson gutted his way to the sport's highest level, capping the night in tearful celebration with his mother as gold draped around his waist.

Even now, it's hard to put into words what took place on Saturday night. Between the nostalgic return to Japan and the greatest collective spectacle of any card in recent memory, UFC 144 produced an unexplainably unique experience that will not soon be forgotten. Relive the action and catch up with the aftermath on today's Morning Report.



5 MUST-READ STORIES TO START YOUR DAY

UFC 144 post-fight interviews.
Ariel Helwani caught up with all the stars of UFC 144, including UFC president Dana White, new lightweight champion Ben Henderson, Rampage Jackson, Anthony Pettis, and Mark Hunt.

Frankie Edgar doesn't 'need' to drop to featherweight. With wins over Jim Miller, B.J. Penn (x2) and Gray Maynard, Frankie Edgar has one of the sharpest résumés in the entire 155-pound division. So why does one loss relegate him to the featherweight division?

Time for Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis II. Michael David Smith examined Saturday night's biggest storylines, highlighting the winners, the losers, notable quotes, and the UFC's next blockbuster rematch on the Morning After.

Hatsu Hioki is Japan's last best hope for a UFC title. After cementing his status as the No. 2 featherweight in the world, Hioki may soon find himself carrying the hopes of a nation as Japan's only viable contender.

Rampage Jackson says he won't retire. Rampage surprised those expecting a post-UFC 144 retirement, and instead blamed his loss on an unspecified injury that nearly prevented him from competing.
There's a lot more media (vids, tweets, etc) at the end of the article, which can be seen in its entirety here: http://www.mmafighting.com/ufc/2012/...-ufc-144-video
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