MAIN CARD (PPV/ESPN UK)
Frankie Edgar vs Benson Henderson - UFC Lightweight Title
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson vs Ryan Bader
Mark Hunt vs Cheick Kongo
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Jake Shields
Yushin Okami vs Tim Boetsch
Hatsu Hioki vs Bart Palaszewski
Joe Lauzon vs Anthony Pettis
PRELIMS (FX in the US/ufc.tv in the UK)
Takanori Gomi vs Eiji Mitsuoka
Norifumi 'KID' Yamamoto vs Vaughan Lee
Riki Fukuda vs Steve Cantwell
Takeya Mizugaki vs Chris Cariaso
Tiequan Zhang vs Issei Tamura
The UFC's first event in Japan since all the way back in Dec 2000 for UFC 29. And they're in Pride's old main venue, Saitama Super Arena.
Excellent line up on paper again with this one. The main event should be brilliant, I think Henderson might be the toughest challenger out there for Edgar at the moment. I think this is the kind of fight the Japanese will love, 2 technical smaller fighters, well rounded, both have a relentless pace and both show a ton of heart. Haven't decided who I think wins this one yet.
Rest of the card is filled with mostly either Japanese fighters or old Pride guys so the crowd should be into this. Speaking of which, I'm not too sure what to expect from the crowd. Most likely they will be quiet like in Pride mainly giving polite applause and only reacting loud when something big happens. Saying that Japanese pro wrestling crowds are like that but when WWE came there they were more like the American crowds.
Edited by wandshogun09, 15 February 2012 - 04:39 AM.