Steve Cantwell (7-5) will receive another opportunity to impress UFC brass, and in order to do so, heâ€™ll need to topple Riki Fukuda (17-5), on his home turf in Japan. The two middleweights will collide at UFC 144, slated to be hosted by the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Fukudaâ€™s position on the UFCâ€™s roster looks stable at this point. Though his promotional record stands at 0-1, that loss came in a highly controversial bout with Nick Ring, who the majority of pundits felt lost the bout decisively.
Cantwell in contrast is hanging on by a thread. Since migrating from the WEC, Cantwell has posted a 1-4 record. All four of those defeats have come in succession. â€œThe Robotâ€™sâ€ lone victory inside the octagon came over Razak Al-Hassan, who himself was ushered from the promotion with not a single victory inside the octagon.
UFC 144 unfolds on February 26th, and is headlined by a lightweight title duel between reigning champion Frankie Edgar and former WEC champion, Ben Henderson.
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