In anticipation of their first show in Japan since December of 2000, the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion has released the official bout order for “UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.”
The event takes place Sunday, February 26th inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama in order to accommodate a Saturday, February 25th 10PM ET/7PM PT start time in North America. The main card will be made available live via pay-per-view.
The show features a lightweight title tilt between champion Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson. Light heavyweights Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Ryan Bader will serve as the night’s co-main event.
UFC 29 was the organization’s last promotion in the orient. Tito Ortiz defended his title against Yuki Kondo in the card’s showcase matchup.
Here is UFC 144’s official 12-fight lineup:
Tiequan Zhang vs. Leonard Garcia
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Takanori Gomi vs. George Sotiropoulos
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)