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UFC President Dana White Promises Japanese Fans An Amazing Experience In 2012


After more than a decade, the wait is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed at a Tokyo press conference today that 2012 will mark the return of the world famous Octagon to Japan.

Japan’s Saitama Super Arena will host a blockbuster UFC event on February 26, 2012. It will serve as the organization’s first event in Japan since UFC 29 held in December 2000. It will also serve as the first UFC event in Japan since the organization was purchased by Zuffa, LLC in 2001.

“This February, the wait is finally over – the UFC is coming back to Japan,” UFC President Dana White said. “For fans in Japan who’ve never witnessed a UFC event live, this is going to be an incredible experience and one you won’t want to miss. It’s been over 10 years since a UFC event was held in Japan and we’re pumped to bring the fastest-growing sport in the world there once again.”

Japan has made an enormous contribution not only to traditional martial arts by inventing styles like jiu-jitsu, karate and judo, but also to the sport of mixed martial arts. As well as hosting four UFC events from 1997 to 2000, the nation of Japan also became renowned for its incredible live PRIDE FC shows from 1997 to 2007.

“Japan has played a huge role in helping get the sport of mixed martial arts to where it is today,” White added. “UFC stars such as Rampage Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, Minotauro Nogueira and Mirko Cro Cop all made names for themselves fighting in PRIDE and dozens more fought in front of the passionate Japanese fans at some point in their careers.

“Japan has also produced world-class fighters such as Yoshihiro Akiyama, Takanori Gomi and Yushin Okami, all of whom have represented their country well in the Octagon, headlining major UFC events all over the globe.”

The full card for the Tokyo event, along with ticket information, will be announced in the coming months. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com. All bouts live and subject to change.


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9 Comments to UFC President Dana White Promises Japanese Fans An Amazing Experience In 2012

  1. Lex w says:

    They should do bit us vs japan fighters so we can defeat them in they country lol

  2. CALI says:

    Anyone see an Aoki acquisition in the near future ??

  3. Giving back to a place that help define MMA and gave the likes of Legends.. Fedor..Wand.. SHOGUN.. Hendo.. Nogs.. Page.. Bas. It’s going to be nice!

  4. joshy says:

    10am sucks for the japanese fans but who knows maybe they will all show up anyways. I hope Wand is on this card.

  5. GET RID OF FITCH says:

    Japan card is going to be a repeat of Brazil card except with Japanese fighters winning every fight. UFC will find complete “cans” that any japanese fighter can beat. TRust me when i say Akiyama will not be fighting any WW in the top 25. IMO the only real legit japanese fighter left is Okami at least one that can compete in the UFC against top tier talent. speaking of talent if it wasn’t for a rippoff judges decsion Akiyama would be 0-4 in the UFC because he clearly lost that fight with Allen the “talent” Belcher

    I can’t wait for the UFC to sign Aoki but i know they will put him up against someone with absolutely no ground game to make him look good but we all know anyone in the top 10 UFC LW would KO him inside 2 rounds. I wonder if the UFC will allow Aoki to wear his little submision outfit-tights-cheating outfit. I would like to see G-sot vs Aoki an dlet them both wear their little cheating atire. i think G-sot would nulify Aoki on ground then KO him

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