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UFC 144: Japan to be Special 4-Hour PPV

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Japan later this month with UFC 144, headlined by lightweight champ Frankie Edgar putting his belt on the line against Benson Henderson. But not only is the UFC trying to make a splash in Japan with its return, the promotion is also upping the ante for UFC fans across the globe.

The UFC 144 pay-per-view will be a special four-hour long, seven-bout broadcast. UFC pay-per-views are typically three hours long and feature five fights.

The start time for the pay-per-view will remain the usual 10 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT.

In addition to the seven-bout main card, the UFC 144 preliminary bouts will all be broadcast as well. There is a four-bout preliminary telecast on FX with the event’s first bout, featuring Tiequan Zhang vs. Issei Tamura, streaming live on Facebook.

UFC 144 Japan Full Fight Card and Start Times

Main Bouts (on Pay-Per-View):
-Frankie Edgar (14-1-1; #1 Lightweight)* vs. Benson Henderson (15-2; #7 Lightweight)*
-Quinton Jackson (32-9; #5 Light Heavyweight)* vs. Ryan Bader (13-2)
-Mark Hunt (7-7) vs. Cheick Kongo (17-6-2)
-Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4) vs. Jake Shields (26-6-1; #7 Welterweight)*
-Yushin Okami (26-6; #3 Middleweight)* vs. Tim Boetsch (14-4)
-Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) vs. Bart Palaszewski (36-14)
-Anthony Pettis (14-2; #9 Lightweight) vs. Joe Lauzon (21-6)

Preliminary Bouts (on FX):
-Takanori Gomi (32-8) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-7-2)
-Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (18-5) vs. Vaughan Lee (11-7-1)
-Riki Fukuda (17-5) vs. Steve Cantwell (7-5)
-Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) vs. Chris Cariaso (12-3)

Preliminary Bout (on Facebook):
-Tiequan Zhang (15-2) vs. Issei Tamura (6-2)

UFC Japan (UFC 144) Start Times:
Prelims on Facebook: 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT (Live)
Prelims on FX: 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (Live)
Main Card on PPV: 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT (Live)

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Price hike or same rate?

    • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

      I believe at the same price point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001066818422 juliushodges

    Go to BW’s it will always be the same price there…. I think it will be a hard sale to up the price though….

  • bajafox

    I’m gonna need more beer and weed

  • Lesnardo

    I can’t complain but it would have been nice had the UFC put some more LHW and HW former PRIDE fighters on the card.

    Shogun, Wanderlei, Nog, Hendo, Werdum, or the Reem would have been AWESOME.

    Heck, Machida on the card would have been awesome too even though he is not a former PRIDE fighter.

    Bring Barnett to the UFC and make him fight Frank Mir in Japan!

    JDS vs Overeem in Japan would be HUUUGGGEEE, even though that fight would be HUUUGGEEE anywhere.

    Overeem vs Brock in Japan would have been a MEGA HUUGGEEE FIGHT, even though, again, I doubt that fight would have had trouble selling anywhere in the world.

    Shogun vs Machida III!

    Shogun vs Hendo II!!!

  • kylesmith

    There will be more shows in the future where they can do some mega fights there. But for now the Japanese fans get to see the return of Rampage, Gomi, Hunt, Akiyama, Yamamoto and others. They also get to see some new UFC stars and Yushin Okami will get his first chance to fight in front of his countrymen in a long time.

  • bryanadams

    Is the akiyama v sheilds fight at ww or did sheilds go back up to mw? Akiyama could definitely make 170, still wouldn’t make him UFC caliber though. With the exception of akiyama all the Japanese fighters got pretty soft opponents. It’s the UFC uk all over again :( of course considering the Chernobyl like atmosphere over there they could use something to celebrate about.

    • Cptmats

      Pretty sure it would be at 170 lbs. And Akiyama is def UFC caliber. If anything i would say Shields is the won who isn’t UFC caliber. Pretty sure both are coming off three or more losses ( cause everyone know Kampman beat Shields) But all Akiyama’s fight except the Belfort fight have been all out wars that were very close !

    • davewebb

      To be honest, there is no Chernobyl-like atmosphere here in Japan. There’d be an even better atmosphere if the government wasn’t holding back 70% of all Japanese Red Cross donations that they were told to give to them. But I digress.

      Should be a great card. Will be the first UFC event I’ve ever seen live and I’m pumped for it :)

  • bryanadams

    Don’t know how u could say akiyama is more UFC worthy than shields. Akiyama won one fight in the UFC, and that was a split decision to Alan belcher (and if u remember the fight it definitely could of gone to belcher). I also remember him being dominated by bisping, not exactly a war. Sheilds went 5 rounds with arguably the best p4p fighter in the world, and even won 1 to 2 rounds. I will admit however, that he is a very entertaining fighter, and I hope he stays in the UFC. Well, I guess we’ll find out tonight.

  • bryanadams

    Sorry not tonight, but on fight night