The UFC returns to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan for a Fight Night event on Saturday, September 23rd. Due to the time zone difference, the card is technically on Friday, September 22nd for North American viewers. The main event is a rematch between light heavyweights Mauricio Rua and Ovince Saint Preux, as Shogun looks for revenge after he was knocked out in 34 seconds by OSP in their first fight. Hopefully no skateboards are thrown into the cage this time.
A fight that really stands out to me is the strawweight clash between Brazilians Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha, both of whom have fought for UFC gold and were unable to beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Former kickboxing star Gokhan Saki makes his UFC debut against Luis Henrique da Silva, while flyweight grapplers Jussier Formiga and Ulka Sasaki are set to tangle inside the Octagon.
Here’s a look at the current fight card, which doesn’t yet have a finalized bout order and is likely to have 1-2 more fights announced. The main card will be on FXX instead of FS1, presumably due to scheduling conflicts.
Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
Gokhan Saki vs. Luis Henrique
Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
Charles Rosa vs. Mizuto Hirota
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Daichi Abe
Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
Teruto Ishihara vs. Rolando Dy
Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa