The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion has announced the much-anticipated lightweight shootout between former WEC champ Anthony Pettis (Pictured) and Joe Lauzon will go down at UFC 144 in Japan.
Lauzon owns a 21-6 professional record and was seen last month serving up an upset special over Melvin Guillard at UFC 136. Seventeen of the submission specialist’s victories have been of the tapout variety.
Pettis, on the other hand, scored his first UFC win on the same Houston, Texas fight card. The flashy striker showed off his refined wrestling game to hang a slit decision W on Jeremy Stephens.
The 155-pounders essentially arranged the scrap on their own, as Pettis politely requested a dance with Lauzon after collecting his first win in the big leagues. Lauzon promptly accepted, though stated he wouldn’t be ready to go until February.
Some anticipated the bout would be on the UFC’s Super Bowl Saturday extravaganza, but it appears the lightweights will instead take their talents to the Orient.
The Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan will host the February 26th event. A lightweight title scrap between champion Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson is scheduled to headline the card.
No word from the UFC on how the show will be made available for viewing.
Here is the card’s updated roster:
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis
Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)