UFC returns to Japan on March 3 at Saitama Super Arena

Koki Nagahama

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is staying true to its word that it will return to Japan in 2013, as the promotion today announced a show there next March.

Come March 3, 2013, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be turning Japanese (I really think so).

That's because the promotion today announced it will make its mixed martial arts (MMA) return to the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, for an event that has yet to have any fights announced for it.

MMAFighting.com gets the word:

The UFC will be returning to Japan in 2013, and the event will once again be at the Saitama Super Arena. The show will be on March 3rd, and like their last show in the country, it will be held on a Sunday morning to accommodate the time slots for the U.S. audience.

No word yet whether the Japanese event will be on PPV, or a free show on FX, or FUEL TV. In addition, no names were given out as possible participants on the card.

Poor Japanese fans, forced to suffer the same fate as those of us here in the United States did today for UFC on FUEL TV 6: "Franklin vs. Le," waking up bright and early to enjoy the live show.

Still, it's better than nothing.

The last time the Octagon graced the country, it did so with a stacked slate of action that saw Ben Henderson win the lightweight championship from Frankie Edgar in a disputed decision in the main event of the evening while the co-headlining attraction featured Ryan Bader dominating Quinton Jackson en route to a unanimous decision win.

Tim Boetsch knocked out Yushin Okami in a thrilling comeback, Anthony Pettis destroyed Joe Lauzon with one kick, and Mark Hunt put Cheick Kongo out in the first round of their heavyweight match-ups. And that didn't even round out the entire main card!

There's no telling if the UFC will attempt to create another high caliber card for its return trip to Saitama but if it even comes close, fight fans should be happy.

Right?

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