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UFC’s Return To Japan Gets Interesting Start Time

ufc fight night 52

Officials have set the start time for UFC Fight Night 52, which takes place September 20 from Saitama, Japan and the Saitama Arena.

The entire card airs on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 1:30 a.m. ET with six prelim bouts.

In the main event, which starts at 3:30 a.m. ET, heavyweights Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson collide. The card also features Myles Jury putting his unbeaten record on the line against Taknori Gomi, Yoshihio Akiyama welcoming Amir Sadollah back to the Octagon and Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai.

The complete lineup can be found below:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight pass/3:30 a.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt

Lightweight: Myles Jury vs. Takanori Gomi

Welterweight: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah

Female Bantamweight: Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai

Bantamweight: Alex Caceres vs. Masenori Kanehara

Flyweight: Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Jon Delos Reyes

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/1:30 a.m. ET)

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Kiichi Kunimoto

Featherweight: Sam Sicilia vs. Katsunori Kikuno

Welterweight: Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Takenori Sato

Bantamweight: Michinori Tanaka vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Lightweight: Johnny Case vs. Kazuki Tokudome

Featherweight: Maximo Blanco vs. Dan Hooker

  • hindsightufuk says:

    This is gonna be huge fun, can’t wait to see this play out

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Mark Hunt is acting kinda weird on his twitter, claiming that he’s been fired, and that he had no say in it, when Dana and Big Country both say that as far as they know the fights still on and he hasn’t been cut

  • Dufresne says:

    From what I read someone told him that he had been cut, he posted online about it, and everyone that should have real knowledge of the inner workings (Dana, Lorenzo, Joe Silva) have refuted that. Dana’s response was @J_R_H_P_97 Hell NO Mark Hunt isn’t cut. That was about a week ago and I haven’t heard anything further, so I’m hoping it was just some confusion.
    Cutting Hunt doesn’t make any sense for anyone at this point. He’s one of the guaranteed draws these days, and the UFC can’t really afford to lose too many more of those.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Rumor also was that he was using it as a ploy to get more money, he did it once before when the UFC wouldn’t pay to fly out 6 people to Vegas for one of his fights and pay for their hotel rooms (UFC usually only pays the Fighter + 1)


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