After making a successful UFC debut this past October, Hatsu Hioki will return to his native country of Japan to face Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144.
The show is scheduled to take place on February 26 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Along with Hioki, Japanese fighters Yoshihiro Akiyama and >Yushin Okami are set to compete on the card.
News of the match-up was first reported by MMAWeekly and has since been confirmed by multiple outlets.
Hioki has won five fights in a row, including a Split Decision victory over George Roop inside the Octagon. Palaszewski knocked out Tyson Griffin at UFC 137, the same card as Hioki’s fight with Roop, to secure “Knockout of the Night” honors. The talented featherweight made his name in Japan competing for SRC, Shooto, and PRIDE.
UFC 144 is headlined by lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his title against Ben Henderson with other fights featuring Okami vs. Tim Boetsch, Akiyama vs. Jake Shields, and Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon.
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