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UFC: Slated for a Japan Return in 2012

Written on September 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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It's official! UFC will make a comeback in Japan next year.

UFC President, Dana White, and Head of UFC Asian offices, Mark Fischer, announced via taped message that the promotion would be coming to Saitama Super Arean in Japan on February 26, 2012. But while details on who would be appearing in the show are still vague, it’s likely that several of UFC talents from Japan and surrounding areas would be part of the February card.

Other fighters, such as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria, expressed their interest in competing in Japan. Big Nog spent several years fighting in the Land of the Rising Sun when he was part of Pride Fighting Championships. UFC still houses Pride veterans – like Mirko Cro Cop, Wanderlei Silva, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua – who made their names for themselves in Japan.

The UFC will return in Japan for the first time in more that 14 years when the promotion lands in the country on February 2012.

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UFC Goes to Saitama Super Arena on February 2012

Written on July 05, 2011 by Lulu

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After announcing at the UFC 132 post-fight press conference that UFC will be heading to Japan, the promotion declared that they will be going to the Land of the Rising Sun on February 2012.

A week after UFC President – Dana White – announced that the promotion will be conducting an event in Japan, officials already declared a tentative date and venue. Based on a Sunday report, UFC officials set the undisclosed event on February 26, 2012 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. However, UFC is still looking for other several locations that could host their upcoming Japan event.

Marke Fischer, UFC executive vice president, is negotiating with several officials to secure a finalized date and venue. He is said to be in talks with other  Japanese promoters who have used the Saitama Super Arena to help them hold an event there. However, it is still unclear whether Zuffa will collaborate with Japanese promotions or not.

Dana White added that Japan is an important part of the company’s plan to expand their promotions and fights to Asia. That is considered to be a major market for the near future.

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