Yushin Okami returns to the UFC in the main event of UFC Japan: Saint Preux vs. Okami on Saturday. The card, from the Saitama Super Arena, will be broadcast in the United States on Friday evening due to the time difference. Okami will be taking on Ovince Saint Preux in a light heavyweight bout in the headliner.
The card will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday with the UFC Fight Pass prelims. It will then be broadcast by FXX beginning at 8 p.m. for more prelims. The main card will start at 10 p.m. and will also be on FXX, with live streaming available via Fox Sports GO, UFC.TV and others.
Saint Preux snapped a three-fight losing skid in his last outing, a victory over Marcos Rogerio de Lima in April. The losing streak was fights against Jon Jones, Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir, so he was only losing to top competition. He was originally set to face Shogun Rua on this card, but that fight was scrapped when Rua had to pull out.
Instead, he’ll face Okami, who is making his second run in the UFC after his last bout with the promotion in 2013. Since then, Okami has gone 5-2 with losses to David Branch and Jon Fitch. His last outing was a decision win over Andre Lobato.
The card also features a few other big names, including Takanori Gomi and Dong Hyun Kim. They will be facing each other in the lightweight division.
In the women’s strawweight division, Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha will be facing off in the co-feature on the main card. Andrade is coming off a loss to Joanna Jędrzejczyk in her last outing, a fight that was for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. Prior to that, Andrade had won her last three bouts.
It’s a packed card and should be plenty exciting for the promotion’s return to Japan. Below, you can find all the information you need to watch the action including the full official fight card going into Friday.
All Times Eastern
How to watch UFC Japan
Time: Prelims 1 at 7:30 p.m.; prelims 2 at 8 p.m.; main card at 10 p.m.
Location: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
UFC Japan full fight card
FXX Main Card
Light Heavyweight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Yushin Okami
Women’s Strawweight: Cláudia Gadelha vs. Jéssica Andrade
Lightweight: Takanori Gomi vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Light Heavyweight: Gökhan Saki vs. Henrique da Silva
Featherweight: Teruto Ishihara vs. Rolando Dy
Catchweight: Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
FXX Preliminary Card
Welterweight: Keita Nakamura vs. Alex Morono
Flyweight: Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
Women’s Strawweight: Syuri Kondo vs. Chan-Mi Jeon
Welterweight: Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Welterweight: Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim