It is being reported that another Japanese fighter will take part in the UFC’s return to Japan, as Hatsu Hioki will meet Bart Palaszewski. UFC 144 takes place February 26 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Hioki (25-4-2) won his UFC debut with a split decision victory over George Roop at UFC 137. Hioki earned titles while competing for both Shooto and World Victory Road/Sengoku in the past, and has won six straight fights.
Palaszewski (36-14) also picked up a win in his first UFC fight, topping Tyson Griffin with Knockout of the Night honors at the same event Hioki debuted on. He is 5-1 in his last six bouts.
To date, the UFC 144 card will feature a championship match between UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson, along with Japan’s own Yoshihiro Akiyama meeting Jake Shields and Yushin Okami taking on Tim Boetsch.