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UFC 144: Return to Japan Fight Card Rumors

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Powered by Xyience LogoUFC Japan: Edgar vs. Henderson (UFC 144)
Date: February 26, 2012
(Airs on Feb. 25 in the U.S. due to time difference)
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Location: Saitama, Japan

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)

*Based on the MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings

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

    Bet they load this with a lot of Pride vets.

  • tigol

    MMAWeekly, when you censor the actual quote with “(expletive),” it’s not clear whether Dana is saying something like “f*cking” or “shit” which mean two VERY different things in that context.

    Please consider not censoring on a website dedicated to the sport of skull thumping. We can handle it. Trust me.

  • MMAMIKE

    Rampage really wants to fight on this card but not sure if or who they will match him up with? Wouldnt be suprised if they do Rampage vs Griffin 2

  • troop

    Why don’t they make this card start alittle later (just this once) like at 10pm ET instead of 8pm ET so that the actual fighters and fights and fight fans in Japan don’t have to start so early back in Japan?!?

  • Dyldozer16

    Damn they put this card together quick. Cant wait to see Rampage vs. Bader. The main event is gonna be a great battle as well.

  • LAW OF FIST

    Rampage vs. Bader is good but because this is in Japan, how awesome would it have been to see Rampage vs. little Nog?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003228802098 maynardjamez

    k.. 1st off gonna be a gr8 card. wish cro cop,wandy ext were involved in this historic event but rampage vs bader will get ppl there cause they remember the old rampage i hope he comes to Bang and that bader does as well.. bendo vs frankie is gonna be FIREWORKZ 4 SURE !

  • VitoCapone

    This card is loaded heavy. I love it. Rampage/Bader will be awesome if they stay standing. Akiyama/Shields could be boring. The Main Event will be amazing I am sure. Even the undercard is loaded. Leonard Garcia win or lose is always exciting. Gomi/Sotiropoulos could go either way. If Gomi can keep it on the feet he should get the KO, but if Sotiropoulos takes Gomi down it will be quick. Okami is rated #3 MW and is fighting a non-raked fighter. Never pays to be boring in the UFC.

  • bbtakayama

    This fight gives me a boner in my underpants!!! Smooth is gonna take this one, 4th round submission!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001447081677 joel josierivera

    Hopfully Akiyama can put Shields away..can’t call a winner in the Edgar vs Henderson fight..you can never count Frank the Tank out.

  • smill0313

    When bendo tops Penn twice I will think about him beating Edgar. Ever since the sherk fight, I have decided to back Edgar automatically.

  • AdamBianski

    How is Anderson Silva the pound for pound best fighter but everyone he fights either returns to the undercard or gets cut from the UFC (exception Chael Sonnen).

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

    Anderson Silva beat that Rich Franklin guy a couple times…Forrest Griffin and oh wait that Dan Henderson guy that get’s the next title shot at 205…. I would say Anderson Silva beats whoever is put in front of him……Hell Vitor Belfort doesnt fight on th undercard either so you may want to retract that last statement…..