The UFC’s 12-year absence from Japan will end this Saturday, when the organization jams up the sold-out Saitama Super Arena with an explosive card from top to bottom.
UFC 144 will treat the Japanese audience with scrappy lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, as well as five former champions, and it will showcase a good amount of the country’s talent. Also—Dana White must have known it was coming—Rampage and Gomi will be there to satiate the Pride romantics.
The most exciting reason to watch on Saturday, though, is the guaranteed-as-guaranteed-gets barn burner of a fight between Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis, which will open up the main card. Consider yourself five reasons away from being convinced it has the chemistry for Fight of the Night, maybe even Fight of the Year.