Roy Nelson and Josh Barnett will step into the Saitama Super Arena in Japan tomorrow, marking the UFC’s fourth visit to Japan.
The headline bout sees Barnett step back into the Octagon after more than a year.
In the co-main event, Uriah Hall steps in for Roan Carneiro on short notice to face top 10 middleweight Gegard Mousasi.
Speaking at today’s weigh-ins, Barnett said he was confident of a second round finish.
“I’ll be able to take him out in two rounds. That’s how far it goes,” he said.
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Other confirmed bouts for UFC Fight Night Japan: Nelson vs Barnett include rising Japanese star, Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1), who most recently lost to UFC champion Demetrious Johnson in Montreal. He takes on Chico Camus who is coming off a loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC 188.
A welterweight bout between China’s Li Jingliang (10-3) and Japan’s own Keita Nakamura who is riding a four-win streak.
UFC Fight Night Japan will also include the finale of Road to UFC: Japan.
Roy Nelson (261) vs Josh Barnett (239)
Uriah Hall (186) vs Gegard Mousasi (186)
Chico Camus (126*) vs Kyoji Horiguchi (125)
George Roop (135) vs Takeya Mizugaki (136)
Diego Brandao (146) vs Katsunori Kikuno (145)
Mizuto Hirota (146) vs Teruto Ishihara (146)
Li Jingliang (171) vs Keita Nakamura (170)
Yusuke Kasuya (156) vs Nick Hein (155)
Kajan Johnson (156) vs Naoyuki Kotani (156)
Roger Zapata (171) vs Shinsho Anzai (170)