After four straight losses inside the Octagon, it's safe to say that Steve Cantwell is in a do-or-die situation. That could be bad news for Riki Fukuda, who will do "The Robot" at UFC 144 on Feb. 25, 2012, from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
MMA Weekly brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
Here's to hoping the sun isn't the only thing that will rise in next year's trip overseas.
Waiting for him will be Fukuda, who did what most Japanese mixed martial arts stars do in their UFC debut: He lost. That came at the hands of former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) contestant Nick Ring, who convinced the judges he was the better man at UFC 127 last February.
The former DEEP star will have the hometown crowd on his side for this middleweight mash-up.
UFC 144 is expected to be headlined by a 155-pound title fight featuring Ben Henderson, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Clay Guida, taking on reigning lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. In addition, Jake Shields returns to action against Yoshihiro Akiyama, while Yushin Okami battled Tim Boetsch in a manly middleweight match up.
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