The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Japan for UFC 144, an epic card which features a lightweight title fight and a matchup of light-heavyweight contenders Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Ryan Bader.
There is also a heavy dose of Japanese fighters who are eager to show off in their birth land with Yushin Okami, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Hatsu Hioki also on the main card. Adding to this, each of the bouts on the preliminary card (which airs for free on FX) features a Japanese born fighter.
Throw in the lightweight match-up of title contenders Joe Lauzon and Anthony Pettis and the sure-to-be heavyweight slugfest of Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt, and this card is absolutely stacked from top to bottom.
So what should we expect? The UFC hasn’t been in Japan since UFC 29, and the company has competed with now-defunct rival organization PRIDE in the past for Japanese supremacy (needless to say, PRIDE was always more popular among the Japanese fans).
Which is what I want to ask: Do you prefer the UFC or PRIDE (in its prime)? There has been a lot of talk lately about how PRIDE had the better rules and was more conducive to all-out brawls, but which do you find more appealing? Do you like the soccer kicks, ruthless slams and rock-em, sock-em battles of PRIDE or the technical and skillful, sometimes brutal art that takes place in the UFC octagon?
-Mirko Cro Cop looks to land a vicious stomp in the Pride ring.
What will it be, cage or ring? Let me know in a comment and let’s have a talk about what you like better about each organization!