With less than one month remaining until the curtain is drawn on the Octagon’s return to the Orient, Takanori Gomi (Pictured) has been assigned a new opponent for UFC 144.
An undisclosed injury has forced George Sotiropoulos out of his lightweight appointment, allowing Eiji Mitsuoka to step in and make his big league debut.
The event takes place Sunday, February 26th inside 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.
Here is the card’s revised roster:
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. Eiji Mitsuoka
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
(Pay-Per-View 8PM ET/5PM PT)
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)