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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 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 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. 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]

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

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

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

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

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Preliminary Card:

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)

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

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

Takanori Gomi (32-8, 1 NC) vs. George Sotiropoulos (14-4)

Leonard Garcia (15-8-1) vs. Tiequan Zhang (15-2)

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