UFC in Saitama Super Arena treat for Pride fans

Saitama Super Arena / Publicity photo

That the UFC plans a return to Japan is old news. At the press conference following the February UFC 126 show, promotional president Dana White guaranteed they will be making a return to the Land of the Rising Sun, which readers read about at the time on and in GRACIEMAG magazine.

But one question remained: when would the said return be? The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged the country caused doubt to the extent of Dana White suggesting at the time that the event may not unfold this year.

According to, the UFC’s return to Japan is set for February 26, 2012, and the venue is likely to be the traditional Saitama Super Arena, where for years fans delighted in the finest MMA action around, but under the banner of Pride FC.

After all, nothing more fitting than a good dose of nostalgia on bringing the cream of the MMA crop back to Japan. And die-hard Pride fans should relish it.

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