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The UFC’s return to Japan in September has its first few fights signed, including the light heavyweight main event which will headline the Fight Night 117 event

Former Pride FC and UFC champion Mauricio Rua returns to action as he takes on Ovince St Preux in a 205lbs bout that will serve as headline attraction for the event, which is slated to take place on September 23rd at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

The event will be the company’s first in Japan for two years, with the last one being UFC Fight Night 75, also held at the Saitama Super Arena

Also signed for the September event is the UFC debut of former K-1 fighter and Glory light heavyweight Gökhan Saki, who takes on Brazilian Henrique da Silva in a light heavyweight contest

A women’s strawweight bout between two former title contenders is also set for the UFC Fight Night 117 main card, as Brazilian Claudia Gadelha has signed to fight fellow Brazilian Jessica Andrade

By Matthew Singh-Dosanjh