Rising flyweight John Moraga is making the leap from curtain jerker to UFC headliner, all in a span of two fights.

According to a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Moraga will challenge reigning 125-pound king Demetrious Johnson at “The Ultimate Fighter 17” finale on April 13. UFC officials later confirmed the pairing via Twitter. The “TUF 17” finale is expected to be held at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and also includes a heavyweight bout between Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga as well as a women’s bantamweight matchup pitting Miesha Tate against Cat Zingano.

Johnson captured the promotion’s inaugural flyweight championship by defeating Joseph Benavidez via split decision at UFC 152 in September. “Mighty Mouse” then overcame the punching power of John Dodson at UFC on Fox 6 for his first successful title defense last month.

Moraga defeated Chris Cariaso in the opening bout at UFC 155, submitting the former bantamweight with a guillotine choke in the third round. Prior to that victory, the Arizonan scored an impressive first-round knockout triumph over former Tachi Palace standout Ulysses Gomez at UFC on Fox 4.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Demetrious Johnson's unusual suggestion: Make my next title defense a co-main event

  • 28 days ago
  • 27 views

Has UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson conceded that he's not a top draw? Johnson is widely regarded among the top three pound-for-pound in the world. He's the only flyweight champion in UFC h read news >>

Demetrious Johnson wants next title defense to be a co-main event

  • 27 days ago
  • 20 views

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson made a somewhat unusual request - he doesn't want his next title defense to be a main event bout. Most MMA champions want to go on last. They're the best in read news >>

Dana White: John Dodson next in line for title shot vs. Demetrious Johnson

  • 7 days ago
  • 6 views

John Dodson didn't do much to make people get excited for him to receive a title shot iagainst Zach Makovsky. Luckily for him, there weren't any better options. UFC president Dana White told UFC Toni read news >>

Demetrious Johnson draws rematch with John Dodson for next flyweight title defense

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

Demetrious Johnson has his next title defense lined up – and it’ll be a rematch against former foe John Dodson. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Dana White: John Dodson next in line for title shot vs. Demetrious Johnson

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

John Dodson didn't do much to make people get excited for him to get a title shot in a unanimous decision win over Zach Makovsky. Luckily for him, there weren't any better options. UFC president Dana read news >>

UFC Fight Night 67 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

  • 28 days ago
  • 3 views

More than 14 months since he last appeared, Carlos Condit made a solid return on May 30 at UFC Fight Night 67, where he stopped Thiago Alves at the end of the second round. Following a close opening read news >>

UFC confirms UFC 191 for Las Vegas, Demetrious Johnson wants spot on the card

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

The UFC has confirmed that the UFC 191 pay-per-view event will take place on September 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Trading Shots: Struggling to make sense of Dan Henderson's complex career

  • 24 days ago
  • 10 views

In this week’s Trading Shots, retired UFC/WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the long and complicated career of Dan Henderson, who simply refuses to hang up the read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Boetsch vs Henderson' main card winners in New Orleans

  • 24 days ago
  • 7 views

After a memorable UFC Fight Night 68: "Boetsch vs Henderson" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday night (June 6, 2015) on the FOX S read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68: Fights to make for the main carders

  • 24 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC Fight Night 68 was one of the best cards in recent memory, but where do the main card fighters go from here? Tim B. gives his predictions. It seems like everything is better in New Orleans. The f read news >>