Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell On Tap For UFC 144

via video.ufc.tv

The UFC continues to add Japanese fighters to the UFC 144 card scheduled for February 25th in the Saitama Super Arena. This time it's Riki Fukuda, who has apparently recovered from injuries suffered in a June car accident. He will face Steve Cantwell according to MMA Weekly.

Sources close to the situation have informed MMAWeekly.com that verbal agreements are in place for Fukuda and Cantwell.

Fukuda is a former DEEP middleweight champion that has also competed in EliteXC. His one UFC fight was a highway robbery, which saw him drop a unanimous decision to Nick Ring at UFC 127 in a bout he clearly won. He was scheduled to fight Rafael Natal at UFC 133, but badly damaged his knee in a car accident on June 16th and was forced to withdraw. He underwent successful surgery and has recently returned to training.

Cantwell is one of the few UFC fighters that is given another chance despite losing four fights in a row. The former WEC light heavyweight champion dropped to middleweight for his last bout, but was bested by Mike Massenzio at UFC 136 last month. The bout is expected to take place on the preliminary card.

The main event of UFC 144 will see Frankie Edgar defend his UFC lightweight title against Ben Henderson.

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