UFC 144 is official.
UFC 144 “Edgar vs. Henderson” is scheduled to take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Sunday, Feb. 26, and will air live on pay-per-view on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10pm ET/7pm PT in North America. The card will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Ben Henderson.
“Japan is the spiritual home of martial arts – the world has learned from the Japanese many aspects of how to compete in hand-to-hand combat with respect and honor,” said Fertitta. “But Japan also has a proud history of modern mixed martial arts and I am excited to bring the Ultimate Fighting Championship back here, and to begin the build-up today to one of the most highly anticipated events of the year — not just for Japanese UFC fans, but for sports fans all over the world.”
“To mark this historic occasion of UFC’s return to Japan and Zuffa’s first event in Asia, we are bringing a truly stacked card, topped with a World Championship title bout,” noted UFC Asia Managing Director Mark Fischer. “Frankie Edgar is one of the top pound-for-pound and toughest guys in the sport, and Benson Henderson is a former WEC champion who earned his title shot with three consecutive wins including most recently over Clay Guida in one of the best fights of 2011”
The rest of the fight card was also made official. The full card includes Rampage Jackson vs Ryan Bader, Mark Hunt vs Cheick Kongo, Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Jake Shields, Anthony Pettis vs Joe Lauzon, Yushin Okami vs Tim Boetsch, Takanori Gomi vs George Sotiropoulos, Hatsu Hioki vs Bart Palaszewski, Kid Yamamoto vs Vaughan Lee, Riki Fukuda vs Steve Cantwell, Takeya Mizugaki vs Chris Cariaso and Leonard Garcia vs Tiequan Zhang.
Ticket info below.
- Japan Presale: Monday, November 28
- Public On-Sale Date: Saturday, December 10