UFC 144 Fight Card: Edgar Vs. Henderson

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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 UFC announced this week that there will be seven fights on the main card, which will cost the same and kick off at the usual time (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT). Four of the prelim fights will air on FX, with one being streamed live on Facebook.

The main event will see Frankie Edgar defend his UFC lightweight title against former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson. In the co-main, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will look to return to the win column when he faces TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader. Along with that, there will be a plethora of bouts 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. Here's the card as it stands right now (prelims after the jump):

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

Main Card:

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

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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-9) vs. Ryan Bader (13-2)

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

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


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


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


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


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Preliminary Card:

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

Norifumi Yamamoto (18-5, 1 NC) vs. Vaughan Lee (11-7-1)

Riki Fukuda (17-5) vs. Steve Cantwell (7-5)

Takanori Gomi (32-8, 1 NC) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-7-2)

Tiequan Zhang (15-2) vs. Issei Tamura (6-2)

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