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UFC announces September return to Japan

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Gallery Photo: UFC 144 Fight Night Photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC will return to one of the world’s most legendary mixed martial arts arenas this fall.

The company announced on Wednesday it will hold an event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo, for a UFC Fight Night card.

No bouts have yet been announced for the card.

This will mark the UFC’s fifth event in the arena, which had previously been a staple of the Japanese PRIDE promotion. On the most recent card, UFC Fight Night 75 in Sept. 2015, Josh Barnett decisioned Roy Nelson in the main event.

The arena was also the home of a memorable brawl at UFC on FX 8 in March 2013 between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, won by Silva via TKO in the second round. That turned out to be both Silva’s last UFC fight and the last bout of Stann’s MMA career.