It was just three days ago we reported here on BJPENN.COM that former UFC light-heavyweight champion; Rampage Jackson was upset at his exclusion from the UFC’s first trip to Japan.
“It don’t look like I’m fighting in Japan, which I’m not happy about at all,” Jackson Tweeted. “I think it’s a big mistake by the UFC… F**k it!”
UFC officials apparently took note and granted him his wish as he now will prepare to face off with Ryan Bader on the UFC 144: Japan card this February.
Lorenzo Fertitta broke the news to ESPN while we were all eating turkey during yesterday’s thanksgiving celebration.
“UFC 144: Japan”, while not yet made official by the promotion, is expected 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.
A long time staple of the Japanese MMA scene, Rampage Jackson is now set to return to the country that made him famous. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion came up short in his last Octagon appearance when he faced off with Jon Jones at UFC 135. The loss snapped a two-fight win streak that saw him best the likes of Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill.
Stepping across from Jackson will be none other than Ultimate Fighter winner, Ryan Bader. After dropping two consecutive contests to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz, the wrestling standout recently bounced back from defeat against Jason Brilz at UFC 139 and earned a first round KO.