The UFC has not been to Japan under the Zuffa banner, but now that appears to have changed. MMAWeekly is reporting a possible February 26, 2012 date in Saitama, Japan.
News broke this week that a Japanese event was probable. Dana White confirmed as much, stating the rumours were true.
The UFC has a golden opportunity in Japan. The two major Japanese promotions are sputtering. World Victory Road appears dead. DREAM is moving slowly. Japan was at one time a huge MMA hot bed. PRIDE events in Japan were huge. Not so much now.
UFC has several Japanese fighters under contract who would be likely for the event including, Yushin Okami, Yoshihirio Akiyama, Takanori Gomi, newly signed Hatsu Hioki, Michihiro Omigawa, Kid Yamamoto and Takeya Mizugaki. Also they could use other Asian fighters such as Dong Hyun Kim and Tiequan Zhang. Several former PRIDE fighters are mega stars in Japan.