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UFC 144 is shaping up rather nicely, as it was recently announced that a trio of new fights would be taking part on the card set for Japan in February 2012. In a treat for all MMA enthusiasts, Yoshihiro Akiyama will be making his welterweight debut against Jake Shields. It’s a clash of styles as the expert judoka and brawler will be taking on the American Jujitsu ace.
It was also reported by UFC.com, that Yushin Okami would be returning to action after his abysmal performance against UFC middle weight champion Anderson Silva. The perennial contender will be taking on Tim Boetsch. The UFC also confirmed the much rumored bout between Anthony Pettis and Joe Lauzon. A match that should help clear the landscape at lightweight.
Written by Keith Mondaca of URDirt.com