UFC 144: Steve Cantwell vs Riki Fukuda on tap for Feb. 25 in Japan

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.

Cantwell (7-5) lost back-to-back decisions to Luiz Cane and Brian Stann back in 2009, before taking a medical hiatus to deal with health issues that kept him riding the pine for well over a year.

He returned in March of this year and picked up right where he left off, dropping back-to-back decisions, this time to Cyrille Diabate and Mike Massenzio.

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.

For the latest UFC 144 news and notes be sure to check out our complete archive right here.

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