An injury to George Sotiropoulos has produced an all-Japan matchup at UFC 144, as Eiji Mitsuoka has stepped in to face Takanori Gomi in a lightweight bout at the February 26 event in Saitama, Japan, according to MMA Weekly.
Mitsuoka (18-7-2) won his lone DREAM fight over Bruno Carvalho in July for his second-straight win following a 4-2 stint in Sengoku, while the former PRIDE champ Gomi (32-8) is just 1-3 in the UFC after following up a 64-second KO of Tyson Griffin with losses to Clay Guida and Nate Diaz.
UFC 144, which airs in the U.S. on pay-per-view on Feb. 25, is headlined by lightweight champion Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson and also includes Quitnon “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader and Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.
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Pictured: Takanori Gomi