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.
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)
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