The UFC announced today that it intends to return to Japan on February 26th, 2012. This will be the first trip for the UFC to Japan since April of 2000. Dana White mentioned that every Japanese fighter on the promotions roster could fight on the card. No official fights have been announced as of yet.
Also, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira mentioned after his win in Brazil that he would like to fight on this card. So that possibility definitely exists for his return to Japan where he made his name with legendary fights in the Pride organization.
The UFC stated that they want to make the trip to Japan an annual event, along with other events across Asia to expand that market.
The other interesting thing is that the fights will run in the same time slot as usual for UFC events in the U.S. with the preliminaries starting at 10 am locally in Japan and the main card running from noon to 3 pm in Japan.
The rumors are confirmed, the UFC is returning to Japan.