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Japan's Yushin Okami, right, punches defending middleweight champion

Japan's Yushin Okami, right, punches defending middleweight champion Anderson Silva of Brazil in the middleweight title bout at UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva knocked out Okami in the second to defend his title. (Aug. 27, 2011) Credit: AP

The pay-per-view broadcast for UFC 144 in Japan was extended to four hours and seven guaranteed fights earlier this week, up from the usual three hours and five fights.

And the paying for the extra viewing is . . . still the same price: $54.95 for the HD broadcast.

Yushin Okami's fight against Tim Boetsch, along with Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski were added to the PPV broadcast, which will still begin at 10 p.m. ET on Feb. 25 at the Saitama Super Arena. Earlier fight cards did not include Okami's bout on the listed PPV fights, but those were also based on a three-hour, five-fight broadcast plan.

The UFC 144 pay-per-view card looks like this:

Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson (lightweight championship)
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis
Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch vs. Yushin "Thunder" Okami
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski


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