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Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon locked in for UFC 144

It turns out Las Vegas will not get a lightweight clash between future title contenders Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon, as their match up will take place from Japan instead in February at UFC 144.

Pettis and Lauzon did a great job of setting up their match through social media and interviews, as both men felt like they would be a good test for the other. “Showtime” is 5-1 in his last six fights, while “J-Lau” is coming off a submission victory over Melvin Guillard.

The match-up was announced through the UFC’s website.

The UFC’s return to Japan on February 26 is also expected to feature UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar defending his title against Ben Henderson. Henderson’s last loss came at the hands of Pettis when the two met for the WEC 155-pound title last year meaning a win over Lauzon should thrust the Roufusport product back into the spotlight.

Other fights at UFC 144 include Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields and Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch.


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