Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 1/30/12

With less than one month remaining until the curtain is drawn on the Octagon’s return to the Orient, Takanori Gomi (Pictured) has been assigned a new opponent for UFC 144.

An undisclosed injury has forced George Sotiropoulos out of his lightweight appointment, allowing Eiji Mitsuoka to step in and make his big league debut.

The event takes place Sunday, February 26th inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama in order to accommodate a Saturday, February 25th 10PM ET/7PM PT start time in North America. The main card will be made available live via pay-per-view.

The show features a lightweight title tilt between champion Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson. Light heavyweights Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Ryan Bader will serve as the night’s co-main event.

Here is the card’s revised roster:

Preliminary Card:

Tiequan Zhang vs. Leonard Garcia

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso

Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka

Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis

Jake Shields vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan Bader

Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC Lightweight Champion)

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