UFC Japan will be Free TV Leading into a Las Vegas Pay-Per-View

October 2, 2011

Put any doubts behind you, the UFC is going to do two shows in a single 24-hour period in 2012.

When the UFC returns to Japan at Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 26, it will also run a pay-per-view event in Las Vegas on Feb. 25, which, because of the time difference, works out to be, essentially, the same day.

And this is no rumor… this is what is happening, according to UFC president Dana White.

“(It’s) not possibly, it’s gonna happen,” he stated emphatically following UFC on Versus 6 on Saturday night.

“The way that it would work, the fights from Japan would go on live TV for free and lead into a pay-per-view. It would be live in Japan and live in the United States.”

White wasn’t clear if the event in Japan would be dubbed a Fight Night or a numbered event or some other special moniker, but he intends for both fight cards to be chock-full of top tier fighters.

“Both cards (will be) stacked,” he stated. “The Japan card will be sick.

“The thing we don’t do, and it’s what boxing did a long time ago, when the pay model started they started putting (expletive) fights on free TV. We don’t ever put (expletive) fights on free TV.”

And they don’t intend to start with the UFC’s return to Japan.

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