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Posted on February 25, 2012 by John Petit
The Weigh ins took place tonight in preparation for the UFC to return to Japan for the first time since the current owners bought the UFC. All fighters made weight with exception of Quinton Jackson he came in 5 pounds over. The main event is official for tomorrows card between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson. It will run on Sunday morning in Japan, but in the USA it will be the normal time that UFC’s are held. An interesting thing to point out is, the fighters will have less time to rehydrate after weigh ins. When you do the math its only about 7 or so hours less, but those could be an important 7 hours depending on the fighter.
Benson Henderson told the crowd in Japan “This is a Huge opportunity, Frankie is the man, and it will be an honor for me take the belt away from him tomorrow night.” Frankie Edgar said after weighing in “Bens a tough dude, we are looking forward to the fight, lets do it.”
Ryan Bader “We got the call to fight Rampage and we were excited to take it, let alone a fight in Japan. Its an honor to fight in Japan.” After Jackson weighed in 5 pounds over weight, he told the audience “I had a lot of ups and downs coming into this fight. I really wanted to fight here, and alot of struggle to get here. Dana allowed me to not fight in Chicago in order to fight here.” The fight will go on at a catch weight, but Rampage will lose 20% of his purse.
Lightweight Championship bout: Frankie Edgar(154lbs)vs. Ben Henderson(154 lbs) Light Heavyweight bout: Quinton Jackson(211 lbs) vs. Ryan Bader(205 lbs) *Jackson overweight, fight will be at a catchweight, and he will forfeit 20% Heavyweight bout: Mark Hunt(264 lbs) vs. Cheick Kongo(229 lbs) Welterweight bout: Yoshihiro Akiyama(169 lbs) vs. Jake Shields(170lbs) Middleweight bout: Yushin Okami(185 lbs) vs. Tim Boetsch(186 lbs) Featherweight bout: Hatsu Hioki(145 lbs) vs. Bart Palaszewski(146 lbs) Lightweight bout: Anthony Pettis(155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon(156 lbs)
Prelims Lightweight bout: Takanori Gomi(155 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka(154 lbs) Bantamweight bout: Norifumi Yamamoto( 136 lbs) vs. Vaughan Lee(135 lbs) Middleweight bout: Riki Fukuda(185 lbs) vs. Steve Cantwell(185 lbs) Bantamweight bout: Takeya Mizugaki( 135 lbs) vs. Chris Cariaso(136 lbs) Featherweight bout: Zhang Tiequan(145 lbs) vs. Issei Tamura( 146 lbs)