UFC: Japan Official With 12 Bouts

Zuffa heads back to Japan for the first time since UFC 29

The full card for the newly-named “UFC Japan” is now official.

UFC officials and fighters today announced the full fight card in a special press conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo. UFC stars Frankie Edgar, Ben Henderson, Rampage Jackson and Ryan Bader were on hand for the announcement.

UFC Japan takes place Feb. 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. It begins at 10 a.m. local time in Japan with an 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT start time on pay per view in North America.

Several previously-unannounced bouts were also revealed during the press conference, including Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughn Lee, Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki and Takanori Gomi vs. George Sotiropoulos.


Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (lightweight title)
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis


Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda
Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Takanori Gomi vs. George Sotiropoulos
Hatsu Hioki and Bart Palaszewski
Leonard Garcia vs. Tiequan Zhang