According to this article by MMA Junkie, The UFC is headed to Japan.
They will have small fights in arenas for 5,000 people or so, to build Japanese fighters popularity before coming into the UFC. No broadcast plans have been announced, but I think this is great.
Japanese fighters come in with loads of hype, they fight in the UFC and often go out swinging quickly. People blame the cage, the name, and the country change, well now people can only blame the country. Having these guys fight in an octagon will get them used to a cage, and the UFC title will already be upon them. The only major difference for these guys coming to the big UFC shows would be leaving Japan. Which shouldn’t be a big issue, seeing that fighters come from Europe, China, Brazil, and Thailand to fight without worry all the time.
I hope this gets a broadcast slot with Fuel TV, which is rapidly becoming UFC TV or some streaming deal is worked out. UFC events are always held in the highest esteem for the MMA world, having local promotions before the big bad PPV or Fox card will be good to watch fighters grow. This could even be the catalyst for getting rid of The Ultimate Fighter and having guys fight tournament style in multiple divisions year round.
UFC Japan, Here we go.