NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Dana White UFC President speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
"This February, the wait is finally over – the UFC is coming back to Japan. For fans in Japan who’ve never witnessed a UFC event live, this is going to be an incredible experience and one you won’t want to miss. It’s been over 10 years since a UFC event was held in Japan and we’re pumped to bring the fastest-growing sport in the world there once again. Japan has played a huge role in helping get the sport of mixed martial arts to where it is today. UFC stars such as Rampage Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, Minotauro Nogueira and Mirko Cro Cop all made names for themselves fighting in PRIDE and dozens more fought in front of the passionate Japanese fans at some point in their careers. Japan has also produced world-class fighters such as Yoshihiro Akiyama, Takanori Gomi and Yushin Okami, all of whom have represented their country well in the Octagon, headlining major UFC events all over the globe."
UFC President Dana White, who today commented on the promotion's return to Japan when the UFC invades the Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 26, 2012, promises Japanese mixed martial arts fans an 'incredible experience' when the Octagon heads to "The Land of the Rising Sun." Several of today's top stars, including Wanderlei Silva and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, have made their name under the now-defunct PRIDE banner. Should we expect them to return to Japan in 2012? And who else would you like to see on the upcoming fight card?