The UFC have shelved an ambitious plan to host two events in one night in February of 2012, confirming that February 25th is now only scheduled to host the promotion’s return to Japan which will air live on pay-per-view in the U.S.
Dana White raised eyebrows last month when he first revealed that the promotion were aiming to hold a free-to-air event in Japan on that night followed immediately by a pay-per-view show in Las Vegas.
The announcement received a mixed response from fans and media alike, with some wondering how they were going to pull it off while others felt that the decision indicated that the UFC weren’t putting their full attention into their long awaited return to the Japanese market.
Therefore it seems to be a wise decision on the UFC’s part to reverse the decision and now focus solely on ensuring that the UFC Japan event runs smoothly.
So far no bouts have been officially confirmed for the event, but there’s certain to be a strong contingent of Japanese talent involved while a number of former PRIDE stars such as Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira are known to be very keen to be involved.