UFC releases extended preview for UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

After years away from the Far East the UFC will return to Japan later in the month with UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson. The card takes place February 25 (February 26 in Japan) from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.

In the main event, Frankie Edgar will defend his UFC lightweight title against #1 contender and former WEC champion Ben Henderson. Edgar is coming off a thrilling victory over Gray Maynard, while “Smooth” earned his title shot by defeating Jim Miller.

“I will not let Ben Henderson take my belt,” said Edgar in an extended preview for the show.

Meanwhile, the co-main event boasts former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returning to Japan where he first rose to fame in MMA to rumble with Ryan Bader.

“Beating ‘Rampage’ would solidify my career,”explained Bader int he same preview. “It would put me up there with the upper-echelon fighters.”

Other bouts slated to take place include Jake Shields-Yoshihiro Akiyama, Mark Hunt-Cheick Kongo, and Hatsu Hioki-Bart Palaszewski.

Check out the full preview below:

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