UFC 144 Fight Card Shaping Up

The UFC is finally returning to the Land of the Rising Sun. After an eleven year absence from Japan, they will re-emerge on the scene with UFC 144 on February 25th in the Saitama Super Arena. The main event will see Frankie Edgar defend his UFC lightweight title against former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson. Along with that, there will be a plethora of fights featuring the best Japanese fighters in the UFC. Yoshihiro Akiyama will make his welterweight debut against Jake Shields, Hatsu Hioki will continue his march to a featherweight title shot when he takes on Bart Palaszewski, and much more. This is already a stacked card, and there have only been seven fights (mostly) confirmed so far. Here's the card as it stands right now

Feb 25th, live on pay-per-view from Saitama, Japan:

Frankie Edgar (14-1) vs. Ben Henderson (15-2) [LW Title]

Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4, 2 NC) vs. Jake Shields (26-6-1)

Joe Lauzon (21-6) vs. Anthony Pettis (14-2)

Tim Boetsch (14-4) vs. Yushin Okami (26-6)

Hatsu Hioki (25-4-2) vs. Bart Palaszewski (36-14)

Takeya Mizugaki (15-6-2) vs. Chris Cariaso (12-3)

Cheick Kongo (17-6-2) vs. Mark Hunt (7-7)

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