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Posted on November 28, 2011 by John Petit

“UFC Japan” Card Released, 12 Fights Expected At Saitama Super Arena
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The UFC held their press conference to start the ball rolling on the press for the UFC’s first trip back to Japan since UFC 29, 2000. They also announced the remaining fights for the card, and the whole card can be seen below.

The main event will feature Frankie Edgar, defending his lightweight belt for the 3rd time, and former WEC champion Benson Henderson who won the opportunity by defeating Clay Guida.  The co-main event will be Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader. Jackson, who fought frequently in Japan for Pride had been lobbying the UFC to get on the card. The rest of the card is littered with Japanese standouts like Yushin Okami, Kid Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Takanori Gomi.

The event will actually take place in Japan on a Sunday because of the time difference, but will air in the United States on Saturday.

UFC 144
Sunday, February 26
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

- Frankie Edgar (champion) vs. Ben Henderson – UFC lightweight championship bout
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
- Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
- Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
- Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
- Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
- Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
- Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
- Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
- Takanori Gomi vs. George Sotiropoulos
- Tiequan Zhang vs. Leonard Garcia
- Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell

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