Heads up Japanese fight fans; the UFC is knocking at your front door and whether you like it or not they are coming in.
The UFC 144 official weigh-ins ceremony (broadcast on BJPENN.COM) is going down next week on Friday, Feb. 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The same venue will host the UFC 144 pay-per-view event.
Also making an appearance is UFC welterweight interim champion, Carlos Condit, for the UFC’s typical pre-fight Q&A session. Also on the docket for the pre-fight Q&A are Arianny Celeste and Chandella Powell (?).
UFC 144 is set to go down on February 26 live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. As of current date, the event is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson. The event marks the UFC’s first ever return to Japan since UFC 29 in 2000.
The weigh-ins start at 11 p.m. ET, which is actually 1 p.m. JST on Saturday (local time).
The full UFC 144 card includes:
MAIN CARD: (Pay-per-view)
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (for lightweight title)
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
Hatsu Hioki and Bart Palaszewski
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
PRELIMINARY CARD: (FX)
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki
PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Issei Tamura vs. Tiequan Zhang
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